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Here’s Why Every Parent Should Research Their Genealogy & Ancestry

Know Your Family Tree How Genealogy Can Benefit You

Genealogy websites are now thesecond most-visited category of websites on the internet. These web destinations are especially popular with older adults. The reasons are plentiful.

First, older adults with ample on time on their hands are taking advantage of that time, and according toTime magazine, genealogy is now the second most popular hobby in the U.S., after gardening.

A reason for the uptick in older adults digging around for a more in-depth backstory to their family is because older generations weren’t as inclined to share their personal story with kids and relatives.

A survey conducted by the Harris Poll, and commissioned by A Place for Mom, found that 28% of adults do not feel they know, or knew as a much about their mothers as they would have liked.

Genealogy means something different to everyone, but many common themes prevail when looking towards into the past.

Many people assume they know the history and lineage of their family. This knowledge is based on information and stories based down from past generations. But how much of the truth does an individual know about their ancestors past their grandparents and great-grandparents?

Here’s why genealogy should become a new hobby and how the information uncovered could be beneficial to you, your family, and future generations.

Why Research Your Ancestry?

There are many practical reasons why people get involved with genealogy, but many fact-finding adventures begin with a specific trigger. Maybe your grandchildren and even your children have asked questions about your life and the lives of your parents.

Sharing family history aids younger generations and creates an identity and self-awareness.

There are substantial benefits for older adults to studying the family tree and documenting personal histories. Learning family history often fills in gaps left open when losing touch with individual family members like distant cousins.

For some families, research into family roots brings surprises like locating a new branch of a familytree or even meeting members of the extended family.

Other benefits include obtaining vital family medical historythat was previously unknown or uncovering a new statusthat opens up opportunities for applications for bursaries, scholarships or visas.

Where To Start Your Ancestry & Genealogy Search

The internet is the most natural place to begin the journey towards a better understanding. Subscription service for genealogy research includeAncestry,Find My PastandMy Heritage. Reviewevery site before deciding on a subscription.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017, AncestryDNA sold over 1.5 million DNA testing kits designed to provide insights into your ethnicity and familial connections. The testing kit 23andMe was also another top seller this past holiday season.

Ancestry.com

There are many paths to finding your family story. Whichever way you choosetracing your family generations back with a family tree or uncovering your ethnicity with AncestryDNAwe’ll be here to help you.

A family tree ties your history together overtime. Its easy to get started and growyours with Ancestry.com.

HomeDNA.com

HomeDNA makes easy, at-home genetic testing accessible and affordable.

Whether exploring your family ancestry, taking the guesswork out of skincare, or better managing your weight, HomeDNA provides the answers you seek.

Collecting your DNA is so easyjust use a simple cheek swab, drop in a mailbox (the postage is on us, of course), and theyll take care of the rest.

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Free Geneology Services

There are many free services to explore to study genealogy if you’re on a tight budget including theU.S. National Archives andU.S. Gen Web Project.

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Chris Illuminati is a freelance writer and published author. Follow him on Twitter (@chrisilluminati), Instagram (@messagewithabottle) or email him at cilluminati@gmail.com.

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