Sunday, November 11, 2007

Finding our ROOTS

This is a photo of my third great grand mother Sarah McGuckin Malin. Her history is fascinating. To learn more about her, see my webpage with my family histories and photos of my ancestors that I have collected for almost 50 years.

Why do we search out our ancestors? Alex Haley’s famous quote might explain this most popular hobby that is pursued as a passion by many throughout the world:

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage-to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness."

Find out more about your roots…discover where your ancestors came from, what they did for a living, what was important to them, what trials and struggles they overcame, what they were like as individuals, how you are different or similar to them, what skills, attitudes and values they have passed on perhaps unknowingly to you. Then comes the next part to consider writing your own history. It can be an simple as a blog or as complicated as a published autobiography, but someone one day will read it and learn from your life's struggles and insights.

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