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Does researching our family history change us? How do we want to be remembered? — 6 Comments

  1. Great post Shauna! I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without family history research. It’s given my reprieve in times of stress and work demands, clues to dysfunctional family matters, an understanding (to some extent) of those who came before, and an excuse to travel to see ancestral places.
    I won’t be writing my own eulogy…tempting as it is…but will leave that to the family. They may not know why I’ve made some decisions or taken certain life actions, but then it sometimes seems a mystery to me too 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment Pauleen. Yes it has helped me to understand underlying tensions in the family growing up and I certainly love the travel aspect of seeing where they lived.

  2. I loved reading this Shauna. Like you, I would prefer to write my own eulogy. I’m the only one who knows my story and I’d like it to be true. I can’t imagine my life without family history. Decades ago when I thought I’d try to find out the names of my Dad’s parents, I had no idea of the impact that would have on my life.

  3. Finding out that I was adopted when I was 52 meant that my life had no foundation. Researching my birth family means I have a new foundation and I know who I am. It has been so therapeutic.

    • Hi Di thanks for your comment. I’m glad that you have been able to identify your birth family and research where you are from. I found discovering Dad’s father therapeutic and it explained a lot.

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