Knowing our family history can tell us so many things about who we are and what makes us unique. Learning family history helps keep memories alive and allows different generations to learn about one another. December 23 is Roots Day (learn about your roots) which gives us a great opportunity to teach children about our ancestors explore the importance of family history.
Another key reason to build a family tree is to learn of health issues that your ancestors may have had. If you are aware of specific health issues that run in the family, you can discuss them with your doctor and be tested yourself.
Many people start their research by building a family tree chart. The chart includes boxes for each individual and each box is connected to the others to indicate their relationship to other family members. In each box, you can fill it with their name, birth and decease dates and where they lived if known. Using websites such as www.ancestry.com or www.archives.gov may be helpful in finding information on ancestors. Children can help you find this family information.
Even talking to older family members about their childhood and memories can help children understand who they are and have a stronger connection with them. On Root Day, sit with your children and discuss your family’s history, start a family tree chart or even have them call a Grandparent and ask them about their childhood.
AlpharettaMoms is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life Publications. You will find this article in their December 2019 publication.