01 November 2012

Why We Care About Our Ancestry

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There was an interesting article posted on Live Science which discusses some anthropological reasons for our interest in why we do genealogy and family history research.  Why many of us have an obsession with learning more about my ancestors!

... And it's a hobby that has extremely deep roots, with its beginnings going all the way back to the hunter-gathers of the Neolithic Period about 11,500 years ago, just as the transition to an early agriculture society was taking place.

But in a world where lineage no longer determines people's fates, why do so many of us care about distant relatives who died long ago?...

Towards the end of the article, it says ...

... As the world grows more crowded and anonymous, tracing ancestry allows people to feel more connected to others, he said. Sites like Ancestry.com allow people to find distant cousins they never knew existed, he said.

"We live in a society of millions to hundreds to millions of people, most of whom are strangers to us," he said. "If all of a sudden you are a fourth cousin of someone, it creates a sense of connectedness that you might not have had before."...

Read the full article.

What do you think?  Why do we feel compelled to research our ancestry?

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