Genealogy helps us understand who we are and where we come from. We live in such a fractured world today that many of us are removed from our true roots. Genealogy can connect us to those roots via our ancestors and help us develop links to our often varied cultural heritages.

Genealogy offers us an opportunity to connect with current family members. While time separates us from our ancestors, distance often separates us from our living relatives. But as we gather information on our ancestors, we may also discover that other relatives are looking for the same ancestors or that our relatives hold information that could prove useful in our research. Either way, genealogy is a great way to reconnect.

Genealogy offers an opportunity to travel. Traveling to an ancestral homeland can be stimulating, emotional, educational, and most of all, fun.

Genealogy leads to a better appreciation of history. Once we discover that we had ancestors living in a particular place at a particular time, the history of that place and time takes on a whole new meaning.

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Genealogy is an excellent cross-generational activity. As adults, we may be curious about our family's past, but children often have an even greater curiosity. And children love hearing stories from a grandparent.

Genealogy is an excellent way to gather information on recurring family health issues. As the number of diseases with possible genetic connections continues to grow, family history research provides a wonderful opportunity to build a medical pedigree detailing health conditions prevalent in our families - something that may one day prove lifesaving.

Genealogy research can result in a useful body of information that can be passed on to others. Whether members of your family's current generations are interested in the family history, it is almost certain that descendants in future generations will want to know more about their heritage.

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