I think there is more to life than this. But it’s a good place to start.
Remembering those who came before us is important, particularly in this age of constant distraction.
I don’t understand those who overlook history. I never have. The past makes up who we are today.
Of course, it takes a certain amount of devotion and perseverance. But, in the end, learning about the people in your family tee and their lives is well worth the effort. So often genealogists compile a list of names and dates and places, neglecting to discover the essence of the people and their times.
What major events did they witness? How did these moments in history affect their lives? What was life like for them?
That’s what I want to learn. I want to get to know them. I want to retell these stories, to record these men and women for posterity. What can we learn from them?
Go ahead. Start asking questions of the older generations. Plunge into it, before they are gone forever, and the stories with them.