10 reasons why you should connect with your roots

It’s part of who you are, whether you are an only child, adopted or from a huge family, knowing about those who came before informs your own upbringing and that of your local community.

You learn why your family made the decisions it did, or at least can try to understand better from their perspective. Why did your family emigrate? Why did they leave their youngest child behind? Why were they not all listed on Census night? You can answer some of these questions with a little research.

It's important to record and pass on. Even if you think no one is interested now, sometime down the line YOUR research will be important to someone else in the family, and they will thank you for all those research hours.

Maybe both sets of grandparents passed away before your birth? Do any family photographs show a resemblance? Can they provide a meaning or context to your present?

Every family has a story to tell

It’s a way to share what you know and the family’s place in history.

Family history is also an important, official record of family life and vital events like births, marriages and deaths.

It’s part of your medical and personal history.

Your family didn’t exist in isolation. Did neighbours and friends come together to emigrate or farm or share life’s difficulties and successes?

It’s rewarding! Your dedication can pay-off when you learning something new or find out a key piece of information.

Oral history and family stories can be retold and in their retelling, can be preserved – whether they are factually true or not!

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