Family History and the Internet--ideas, questions and plans of action. This blog will guide you to excellent resources. My expertise is in the U.S. Pacific States, but I have a strong affinity with the transplanted Easterners and love to research Mid-Atlantic and New England States as well.
Lots of suggestions of places to search you haven't yet thought of.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Why do people research family history?
I took a look at the reasons people give for researching family history. I looked at the writings of Alex Haley, and posts on forums at genealogy.com and rootsweb.com boards. I synthesized the answers I found, and although I think there is much more to be said on the topic, here are some of the reasons given.
To make history more personal To leave a mark To have an important topic to discuss with older family members
Unanswered questions about one's heritage
Looking for a sense of fulfillment Fascinating to read and learn The moment of serendipity, and then to experience that again, and again finding more and more nuggets of gold A sense of belonging