should we care about our ancestors and do genealogy or is it a waste of time?

@Hatley (164640)
Garden Grove, California
August 3, 2009 10:01pm CST
My own father though that doing research on my ancestors was a waste of time while I was thrilled every time I found a gr grandparent or gr gr grandparent. so my question to you is do you care about your ancestory or was my father right? to me I needed to know my roots and at 82 I am so glad I have gotten as much info as I have. I will be interested to know what all of you think about this question?
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• United States
4 Aug 09
I think that maybe it is a personal thing, one of which I love to do. I have a very mixed background so for me I want to know all the little bits. I also have tried to install this in my kids so we go to Pow Wows, the take Irish step classes and we look up everything we can. I also have plenty of books with the folk lore and what not around the house. I cannot search for everyone as adoption was part of our ancestry during a time when little to no records where kept.
@Citychic (4078)
• United States
4 Aug 09
Geneology.......... Hello Opinionatedlady, it's funny that you should mention that adoption was a part of your family heritage. I found it to be a part of mine also. What I found out is that the name I grew up believing was the one thing that was mine. I realized that it really wasn't what my last name was supposed to be. As my grandfather was given away as a baby. So it sort of put a dagger in my heart to know that my maiden name wasn't what it should have been. I think that somebody should have shared that information while we were growing up. I still feel kind of pissed even though I feel like I know who I am. It's really rather complicated. Thanks for sharing! Happy mylot.
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• United States
4 Aug 09
We found a few adoption surprises. One leaves us wondering from what country my great grandmothers father was from as she was an accident. Her mother had a teenage romance with a sailor who was at the time working of the Scottish coast, the baby (my great grandmother) was adopted by her mother's childless aunt but no one knows who the father was a name, or even nationality although he was clearly indo asian of some sort. We hit a wall there. The other was a happy happy though amazing surprise. My own mother enjoys searching for ancestors and when a friend who she was very close to (who was adopted) asked her for help she was happy to oblige. Well while going through papers and photos they found that the friends grandfather was actually a cousin to my Mother's Mom, which was actually a half brother from the above stories birth mother. So here these two friends who had met in college both whom where living hundreds of miles from their families where actually related! It was so cool.
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• United States
25 Aug 09
Well round and round the family goes.... We have some interesting family lines from my hubby;s side with people raising kids that are some one Else's and what not, it get's very confusing sometimes. At least your half siblings are in good homes and everyone is still connected even if not in the usual way.
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• India
20 Aug 09
Hi Hatley, my husband would love to know more about his roots. He was adopted at birth but has found his birth mother, but she can't remember his fathers name! She remembers that it may have been Peter something and that he was American Irish, over on a brief visit to the UK. She says he was an important Diplomats son's and was thus so scared and the time as they were unmarried that it seems she has just blocked his name from her memory. Thats as about as far as we can get! Sad really because my hubby loves the Irish and had visited Ireland so many times prior to meeting his birth mother and would just love to know more. His mother was of French aristocracy origin and is grandmother was a model for the Queen of England! It would be nice to get into his Irish ancestry to see the contrast. My genealogy traces are pretty much in tact. I do think its very interesting and important to know 'where you are coming from' as it helps to explain so much about a person's nature. Angelie
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Aug 09
hi sritrinity yes its so great to kknow more about'our' ancestors.I know that my 3 greats grandfather lived in 'Ireland and was named Andwelier Clark,in English that would have been 'Andrew clark and he and his'wife'stayed in Derry Ireland while his son Thomas C Clark migrated to Kentucky where they raised my great grandfather James Clark.James "Clark' and wife Elizabeth Ladd had my grandfather another Thomas"C.Clark.
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• India
21 Aug 09
Hello again Hatley, Thank you for the BR, you are too kind! How does it feel to have your roots originating from that beautiful Emerald Isle?. My husband, thoroughly explored the history and the culture of old Ireland, and he was so blown away by the beauty of it all. Ireland is truly a very divine and unique place. I have some relatives who still live in Ireland, well Belfast actually, and I spent alot of time as kid there in my summer holidays. I used to love it there and I used to be sad that I was born in London and not there. Although Ireland was just next door to the UK, the vibrartion and atmosphere would be so vastly different, that it would seem that the two countries are a 1000 miles away from eachother. Have you been to Ireland Hatley? Take care.....Angelie
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Aug 09
no I have always wanted to visit the emerald isle'and have never had the money and opportunity to do'so. I have seen articles about Ireland and a ton of'photos but that would be nothing like goiing there in person.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
13 Aug 09
I think it's really interesting to learn about family and ancestors. I did some a few years back and learned that one of my ancestors on my Mom's side was Julia Ward Howe, she wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic. We also had a famous doctor from Canada in our family. You never know who all is in your history. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
22 Aug 09
Wow...you really have some colorful ppl in your background...my Mom was telling me not long ago that we had family that were active in running part of the underground railroad during slavery times. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Aug 09
hi twoey I think that most of us will find some colorful people in our pasts when we keep up'digging a bit.sometimes you hit a deadend and stay for a long time then someone asks if you are looking for info' on a certain relative and lo and behold he is also looking and you find out you are cousins.,wow.
• United States
4 Aug 09
I agree that geneology is important, especially in the case of genetic illnesses, as someone else had mentioned. If you don't want to track your own family, it is fun to track someone else's. IE, President Obama is actually 7th cousins away from George W. I often times suggest we do geneology to track back to the year 0, so we can finally prove that there never was any man named jesus, no any historians who knew of him.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Aug 09
hi ladybugmagic yes it helps people to know if they have anyhealth problems that could be inherited from one generation to the next on down the line. HAd I known before I was fifty that my mom had diabetes, which she secret, her grandmother had diabetes, and one of my grandads brothers had diabetes, i might have been tested for prediabetes and been able to totally prevent full blown diabetes.but I found out much too late.
• United States
25 Aug 09
Awww. Do you have a book where you keep all your genetic history, to pass down to generations, so that they can take preventative measures? Is your diabetes manageable? Are you insulin dependant?
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
25 Aug 09
hi ladybug magic no I am on oral medications thank 'God' dont think I could stick myself all the time. I have all my'files on my computer. maybe should have a backup also. I do have a ton'of paper stuff too given to me and alas its all in storage . I do so enjoy'the researching of my forbears.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Aug 09
I think it's great and I wish I had more information from my grandparents. Right now I'm translating some German letters that belonged to my great-grandfather and they are fascinating!
@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Aug 09
hi dawbald that is just fantastic. I am so wondering'if' there is anyway I could reserch derry in Ireland to find'out more about my gr gr gr grandfather Andweler Clark,the first name is gaelic for Andrew and down through all the generations before my dad was an Andrew Clark interesting.
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
5 Aug 09
Someone did a discussion recently on family history and I was vague about my great grandparents heritage. My sister has dabbled a bit in our family history and I did ask her some things but I forget the answers. I think it's important top know of our lineage. Most of us came from somewhere different to where we are now and I think it's a shame that these things are not passed down as a matter of course.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Aug 09
hi mstickle hi I w as just thinking that I had been' surprised to learn that a lot of my forbears' sp;ecially on my mom's side came from Indiana ' and Missouri. oN my dad's side a lot came from Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky and Illinois to Iowa and Neb. and here 'I am in california.
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• Belgium
4 Aug 09
Personally I feel that it is good to care about our ancestors. This in a way gives us knowledge about our roots and also makes us aware of certain things which our ancestors were aware of and we have forgotten. I have a habit of asking my Grand Parents and other elder people in my house about how certain things used to work in there times. And sometimes the knowledge they have certainly amazes me. They had fewer resources than us but they knew better how to use those resources. It gives you knowledge about many new things, about your family and home town. For example how mischevious your father was and how he used to pester your Grand Mother for small small things. But jokes apart it really gives a sort of attachment to your family which is very important for personal development.
• India
4 Aug 09
hi..this is a very interesting topic to discuss...i am sometimes believed that some things does work as ancestors..from there genes comes and from there we are here..i think that i care of the fact i there is a influence as well as the influence of the old one...thats my point of view..plz feel free to tell..
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• Japan
4 Aug 09
hi, i want to ride time machine to go to past or future, i will see what is my ancestors or posterity like.(laugh) i am interested in history, so i desire to know what happen from my ancestor or posterity,i prefer to go to my posterity, live with them in a short time, but i don't let them know my feel Identity, they will get afraid. because we all are friends, respect what they do and talk. if i am sure that they are living happily, go back to nowadays with relief by time machine, don't let my posterity research on me much and know i am ordinary ancestor with good wife and children only at least.
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@Nhaloor (43)
• India
4 Aug 09
I think it is good that know all about your ancestors.because they are included in your gene.they can influence u.part of your behaviour depend upon your ancestors. Be proud of your LEGACY.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 09
hi nhaloor hatley yes its good and its so interesting' you find out little facts that you had never knownl My mom had diabetes and i had diabetes but i found out that my gr gr grandmother also had diabetes.But I found out long after the fact. had I known before I 'was in my fifties I might have prevented it from showing up. also I found that on my moms side we were related to President McKinley.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
4 Aug 09
I think knowing where you come from is always interesting and being able to follow your roots via the internet is never a waste of time. I'm a combination of Irish, English and German. A much older cousin researched our family tree through my father's mother's side (the English side) many years ago and traced it back to King Edward VI. My father's father came from Irish immigrants and I've done some research on them as well as my mother's father, who was of German heritage, but I haven't gotten very far and never seem to have time for it these days.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 09
hi spalladino yes its really fascinating.Ididnt' know that Clark my dads last name came from Ireland' not England. Derry Ireland with 'andweiler clark,andrew 'in english had thomas C Clark who married Nancy Fitzpatrick and moved to Kentucky where they had My great grandfather James Clark who married Elizabeth Ladd. they' had my Grandfather another Thomas C Clark who mArried Mary Laura Martin,and they had my father Oscar H clark who married' Margaret mary richey and they had me Patsie M.Clark who married Garland hatley and we had one son Robbie Hatley and so it' goes.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
4 Aug 09
i think it would be a cool thing to do and find out. i'm thinking about doing some type of genealogy test where you give a salavi swob and they test it to see your family history.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 09
hi elmiko by saliva swob do you mean a DNA test?that will help but you will need to go further to get facts from various sources to know all About your ancestors. the internet and Rootweb is a great 'help there and it is such great fun as you find' out amazing facts about your forbears.
@AmbiePam (49502)
• United States
4 Aug 09
I don't think it is a waste of time at all. The history of my family that I have, I value. My maternal grandmother did a lot of research and I have a lot of info on my mom's side of the family. And one of my dad's brothers did research and I found out a lot of things. Like my our last name was orignally Karcher, but eventually changed over the years because of the political climate (Karcher is German), and also a few other things.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
4 Aug 09
I think it is good to know where and who we came from. My dad is doing a lot of genealogy in his older age, and sharing it with us. On my mom's side we grew up talking about the nationalities we come from. I was amazed when I would meet people who did not know that they were from the Choctaw tribe, plus Scots, Irish and English.I thought knowing those things was normal. On my Mom's side, my granddad always thought it did not make sense. We made a big deal about the lines of a certain animal and its pedigree, but we did not care a fig about family history in the people we dated.
@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Aug 09
hi gardengerty oh yes I think its just great to know where and who we came from. for example my dad's side,the Clarks I had always assumed came from England as it sounded like an English name.Wrong Andweiler,Andrew in English,Clark never left Ireland but his son my great great grandfather thomas c clark came to the United states with his wife,I just forgot her first name,senior moment, fitzpatrick and 'they settled in Kentucky where they raised my great grandfather James "Clark and his six siblings. James married Elizabeth' Ladd.the ladds go back to 1400,and they had my grandfather' another "Thomas C clark, who had my dad and six other siblings all from Andwelier clark way back in 'Derry Ireland.