Family History/Genealogy what's the difference?

What starts as a simple curiosity quickly grows into an obsession. Forget shopping or gambling - becoming a family detective is much more addictive, so never say I didn't warn you!

Genealogy is one of the world's most popular hobbies. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe are actively engaged in some form of family research. It seems as if everyone, in some part of their lives, wonders where they came from. Maybe it's the red hair that your mom says has been passed down from your Irish great-grandfather. Or perhaps a curiosity as to why Grandma never spoke about her family. Some people have become intrigued after visiting a battlefield and wondering if one of their ancestors fought or even died there. For others, it's the box of old photos or clothing that has been left to them by a relative.

PeopleĀ becomeĀ involved in researching their family's history for any number of reasons, all of which are right for them. Here are a few of the most popular:

  • To satisfy your curiosity about yourself and your roots.
  • To provide your children with a sense of who their ancestors were, where they came from and how they lived their lives.
  • To preserve family cultural and ethnic traditions for future generations
  • To compile a medical family history to give family members an advantage in the battle against inherited diseases or defects.
  • To qualify for a lineage or heritage society.
  • To assemble and publish a family history book, whether for family members or for profit.
  • To discover facts that others have overlooked and to solve the puzzle of a lifetime.

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