Why Genealogy

In This Chapter

V Why you might be interested in tracing your history

V The benefits of making the effort

V Will you get what you expect?

Your friend is excited about the family reunion and the chart showing his descent from Pocahontas. You've just listened again to your mother's oft-recited tale of her grandmother's nomad existence with her itinerant preacher father. And this morning, when filling in your child's baby book, you realized how little you know of your family. Perhaps it was Alex Haley's Roots or a PBS series on ancestors that made you regret that you didn't quiz Aunt Mabel before she died about your French-Canadian antecedents. Whatever the reason, you now long to know about the people whose bloodlines you share. Is it possible, you wonder, to find your roots?

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