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Family Ancestry–Why Genealogy is Important

Updated on October 23, 2012

Genealogy is defined as the study of ancestors or descents which includes the process to trace a person's origin or family tree. Do you know who your ancestor is? Not every person knows each member of his/her extended family. Are you aware that there are many people who are searching to know who their biological fathers and mothers are? There are many reasons that lead members of nuclear and extended family to be separated for many years making their generation not to know each other. Due to this, the new generation will want to know who their family members are and this brings about genealogy research.

Presently you are in the 21st century and many people had existed before you. Cultures and traditions have always been carried down from one generation to another. The study comes into action when you find someone whom you share the same surname. In such a case, do you ever think for a while of the possibility that you're related?

We are all aware that we are not the first and the only people to have existed in this world. New generations in society come into existence as time passes by while at the same time, other cultures and traditions are equally revised. Tracing the genealogy of an individual is of importance since the tracing of past ancestors gives one the meaning to his/her existence. It is said that, "You don't know where you're going unless you understand where you've come from." The study helps us to answer many questions such as when we want to find out the reason for having a particular kind of trait, the origin of our physical attribute or why we find ourselves to be different in reference to our cultures.

Reading Historical Books

Reading some historical books can help you gather so much information on the evolving of a human being. We have both biblical and scientific views regarding the origin of man. As per Charles Darwin, human beings evolved from apes but on contrast to the biblical context, Adam and Eve were our first ancestors. An extensive research is the basic foundation of conducting genealogy. We have to read a lot so as to obtain knowledge and get a basis of our origin. For instance, when one wants to find out his real ancestors in the 19th century, he will need a broad research on the photographs kept in his house during the era of first and second world war.

Although some people may perceive it as wasting of time, the truth is that it can reward in the end. The findings you will get are a greatest mystery. There is a possibility of getting an ancestor who was a hero, a successful leader or even a successful entrepreneur. In the end that long time friend having the same surname as yours could be a distant relative. The genealogy regarding the cultural aspects is equally of importance since this is basically where we often put the basis of most of our traditions which exist even up to now.

Genealogy research is also important when it comes to marriage. In some religion and many cultures it is forbidden to marry your relative. It will be incest and therefore genealogy research should be carried out to find if couples who are just about to get married are related by blood. It would be very shameful after some years of your marriage life to find out that you got married to your long lost cousin, brother, uncle and nephew. This also may lead such couples to give birth to babies who are handicapped. To avoid such unpleasant incidences, genealogy is important before marrying.

A good illustration of a timeless tradition is the incorporation of medicines of herbal nature in treating certain illnesses. In the past, our ancestors basically used herbs and leaves to treat infections and wounds since antibiotics did not exist back then. This tradition is still being used to treat illnesses more especially by Chinese people and some African countries. Upon tracing the origin of medicines, it will be an amazing revelation that many of them come from herbs although with modifications.

A politician's guide for implementing new laws can also be obtained from past culture by doing comparisons for the most effective law to make a good law that is a revision of the previous ones. In conclusion, genealogy has much importance in the lives of people with a priceless reward of acquainting knowledge on their ancestors.

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    • Nyamache profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Nyamache 

      5 years ago from Kenya

      @Millionaire Tips. Thanks for stopping by to appreciate this hub. Glad to hear that you have been studying your family’s genealogy.

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      You have provided an interesting list of reasons to study your family ancestry - I agree, and have been studying my family's genealogy for decades now.

    • Nyamache profile imageAUTHOR

      Joshua Nyamache 

      5 years ago from Kenya

      @Au fait, for sure it is interesting to see where one's roots are. I'm glad to hear that you traced your family.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Interesting hub and perspective. I traced my own genealogy a few years back and prior to that my brother-in-law traced our family's lineage back to Europe. He in fact went there to go through records. It is interesting to see where one's roots are.

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