Are you curious why 130 million Americans are intrigued by
their family tree?
Here are some of their stories!
“When I had my first baby, I started a baby book. There was a page with
a family tree that I filled out as well as I could, but I quickly realized how
much more of our family story there was to know! I looked at my little girl and
started thinking about how she had a whole history I didn’t even know about.
By tracing our family tree I have learned more about both of us and will be able
to provide her with a rich family heritage.” Rachel,
“My great-grandfather came from Italy, but that was all I knew. Our family
tradition was that he changed his last name when he came over to make it more
'American' sounding. I was able to not only find out our original family name but to also learn where in Italy he came from. It turns out our family lived in the
same village for 4 generations! I plan to visit next year.”
Passing of a Loved One
“After my grandmother passed away I felt a huge emptiness. A friend of mine
suggested that I do some family tree research on my grandmother’s side of
the family to help preserve her memory. I have since traced her side of the family
several generations and am learning more about her all the time! It’s wonderful.”
“When we got married, my parents gave us a beautiful family tree wall chart
showing both sides of our new ‘family’. It only went back four generations,
but I was fascinated that between the two of us we had great-grandparents born
in four countries! It was also neat to think that this combined tree would be
the family tree of our future children. I’m currently having more research
done to continue going back in time.” Maria, 30
“I have a cousin who has compiled a lot of information on our living relatives.
She made a book and sent it out to the family. It was very interesting, but what
I really wanted to know was who my ancestors were. I used her information as a starting point and
began researching to find the prior generations in our family. Now I’m working
on compiling the research I’ve done so far to share with the rest of the
family as a holiday gift.” David, 45
“I had always heard that my family was related to Abraham Lincoln, but I
had no idea how or if it was just a family legend. Through research, I found out
that we weren’t actually related by blood but that he was a close family
friend. Because of this, the genealogist I worked with was able to find out a
lot about my family through their interactions with President Lincoln.”
Becoming a Grandparent
“I always thought it would be interesting to have my family tree researched,
but it wasn’t until I became a grandparent that I felt a strong need to
have it done. There’s just something special about grandchildren that makes
you realize how important passing down your family heritage really is.”
Read on for some interesting genealogy facts!