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Importance of Family Trees and Genealogy

Why is it important to know about your family tree?  Let us listen to what Miss Leigh Anne Johnson, a librarian in the genealogy division of Indiana State Library, has to say.

Below is the transcript of the video:

Hi I’m Leigh Anne Johnson and I’m a librarian in the genealogy division at the Indiana State library. Today, we’re going to be talking about why to do a family tree.

Why should you even bother with family tree?
Well, learning about your background will help you learn how your ancestors contributed to the development of the US.

Researching family history can help you satisfy your curiosity about knowing who came before you. Did they own a business? Did they go to school? and where did they buy land?

Each and every one of us is a link between the past and future.

It’s up to us to pass along the stories, songs, recipes, photographs, and tradition of our own families. If we don’t, it will all be lost.
In the words of Alex Haley, author of the book roots, in every conceivable manner, family is the link to our past and the bridge to our future.
Thanks for listening.


Here’s our take on family trees and lineage:
Knowing our past is of utmost importance as this will help us to better understand who we are.  This knowledge will also help us shape our present and future. How?
1. Medical history – many diseases/disorders can be traced in the family lineage.  Knowing about your ancestors’ medical condition can warn you of potential health hazards that you can avoid (or prepare for) if you know about your forefathers.  Those risks can be passed down from one generation to another so might as well get ready.
2. Sense of identity – you might discover your family’s faith or how your family name came to be if you trace your lineage.  We are in a wide, wide world and somehow, there is a link that connects us with each other.  If we can manage to connect those dots and links, we may have a better understanding of ourselves and how we came to be.
3. Family highlights – there are times when a certain relative insists that you are connected to someone famous in the past.  With genealogy, this claim can be proven.  Who knows, you might find someone in your tree with achievements that is worthy of praise and recognition.  Not only that, if you find a relative whose deeds you are not proud of, you can always learn from their mistakes and teach your children about them.
Your family tree is your personal piece of history that you can hand down to your future generations.  Keep those memories alive but first, you will need to trace your genealogy.  Fortunately, genealogy services are abounding today so this may not pose as a problem to you.


So what are you waiting for? Start tracing your roots today.

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