How important is your family history or lineage to you?
In my teens and twenties I was zealous in tracking down my genealogical roots. I think I was looking for a sense of place that I'd never felt growing up. I can see where it may benefit me for medical reasons, but otherwise it's just interesting. My family are the people I've chosen to be in my life, and I'm who I make myself to be.
Eh, I don’t care. Especially with no descendents remaining. I’m just the broken off remnants of a decayed limb. I know the last couple of generations and heard stories of maybe the two previous to them. Then I skip many generations before I get to the first blue eyed mutant. But yeah, I don’t care.
I got involved in my family lineage for two reasons. Being a great grandson of people who died in the holocaust, I want a ed to find if any of them survived. And my father left when I was young child, I never knew about his family and where they were from.
Before I started doing the research, I would have told you I was from Russian, German, and Irish immigrants that arrived here in the states around the turn of the century. On my mother family, I was correct, but on my father's side. I found myself traveling back through the history of this country and beyond.
The most interesting thing I found, that I am the descendant of Mary Boleyn.
Fam history/lineage is very important to me. I'm part of a diaspora, and we know a lot about our roots and origins. The last 3 generations in my family all identify similarly in regards to faith and atheism though, so I think that makes it easy for me to embrace my history/lineage/roots. We are culturally still keeping up the traditions of our people though. Just not religiously.
It’s important to know where you come from. Funny story, since I was a child I was told that my grandpa was Italian. So I always said I was black and Italian. I took one of those 23andMe test. Turns out I am 0% Italian. Really shatters what you think you knew about yourself.
My aunt (father's sister) was an ancestry buff; she always was "discovering" something about the old family in France. She was very excited to find out that two members of her family (mother side) -who were the 1st. Atheists in the family and had separated from the others for that reason- had arrived in Argentina few years before her great-grandparents...also from France....she even found we had a farrrrrrrrr removed relative who was the companion of a rich upper class French lady (1700s?).
Gee, I guess all of these justify my nick ...LOL
I would like to know where my family came from. My father got as far back as 1750 and then the trail went cold. I often think of DNA testing to get a general idea but I'm suspicious that they might be telling people any old story because they can't check it themselves.
I would say that it is important to me because my family of origin is extremely disfunctional and it has helped me to see into the past and understand all my ancestors have been through that have brought me to this place and time. I’m an intermediate genealogist and I love discovering new interesting stories about my ancestors and I’ve done research for others as well which has also been fun and interesting.