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And make connections that may have not been visible before.
One of the things I’ve learned from this little endeavor of mine, is that researching your roots has an interesting side effect. It can bring you so much closer to your living family, in ways that might be a little surprising. I think it has something to do with learning about the trials and tribulations of those who have gone before. It makes you appreciate what you have all the more.
I don’t know where the idea of this post came from. It just seemed to creep up on me, and I had to write it down. I know it sounds crazy, but it happens some times. I think it all started from an email conversation I had with a member of my family. They are having some troubles of their own, and I was trying to relate to her, that life is not written in stone. It’s a story that you write as you go, and things don’t always follow the outline you prepared for it. Somehow, I jumped into my philosophical mode, and tried to correlate things in a format I understood.
Researching your roots does that, it lets you see the story of your ancestors, in a format that you can relate to. For me it’s writing stories, for some reason that makes sense to me. When I research a relative, I’m researching in a way that provides for the telling of their story. As the story unfolds through my investigations, I often can gain the foresight that helps me understand the members of my family who came from that era. I don’t know how to explain it, and even sitting here reading back over this, I feel I have failed in my attempt. It simply doesn’t make sense, it just happens.
I continue researching my roots, so I can understand and maybe tell the story. At the same time, it helps me sympathize and show a little compassion to those of my family I may have not been as close to. After all, family is that one resource you have that will always be there for you.
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard, via Quotations Page.