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  • Introduction to Genealogy

    Where did you come from?  How did you get those quirky little traits you possess that make you unique?  Have you ever wondered how a close relative got red hair when most in your family are predominantly blonde?  You may know a little about your family history; grandparents and maybe even a vague knowledge of great grandparents.  Do you think you have more relatives and wonder who they might be?  These are all good reasons for digging into your genealogy.

    Genealogy is the study of your family tree.  Doing a little research, collecting names and birthplaces, dates of births and deaths and figuring out who was married to whom and how someone fits into your family are all fascinating reasons for taking up the hobby.  It’s one thing to study history but when you have a personal connection to those you are studying your pursuits take on a whole new meaning.  

    Digging into your past and all of the branches of your family tree can be intriguing and enlightening for the researcher.  It also preserves your heritage before more time goes by and the chances for interviewing elders are lost.  Conducting a genealogy study is easier than most think and there are a multitude of free sources that can be tapped into without ever leaving your home. 

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