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It is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times to Research Your Family History, by Michigan Swamp Buck . . . Gone are the days of the nuclear family. With high divorce rates, remarriages, single parents, and the legalization of same sex marriages, the family unit as it was once known is becoming a rare thing in the 21st century. Although these changes have brought more choices and variation in family structure, there have been losses from abandoning the traditional family unit. One loss is the traditional family value of knowing your family’s history and lineage. Knowing who you have descended from and the history surrounding their lives provides a foundation of pride and strength that many families have lost touch with in our current era. Knowing this personal family history not only gives strength to the individual but brings to life the unique history we all share in the United States. Losing this personal connection to the past can leave us weakened and indifferent to the reality of history and open to revisionists who seek to change it to suit their agendas. In essence, the survival of our family history helps to ensure our survival as individuals as well as the survival of our western lifestyle.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
I really enjoyed the article! I just turned 31, and have had a conversation about family history with my wife and parents. I feel like this article just really hits the nail on the head about the importance of knowing where you came from and how far the bloodline has either succeeded, or failed.
My dad had 13 siblings, but twelve were sisters, so the name is lost to the ones they married. I produced five myself because to be honest, I was worried there would not be enough to carry our name and blood on to future generations. Well I have four boys, so that is four heirs I know will continue our lineage. I am going to have my oldest son read your article too because I feel it is written so well that it really gets across the point on the importance of family history and leaving a legacy for ones heirs.
Can you imagine if a burger flipping teen at McDonalds knew that their family line centuries back were noble merchants, tradesmen, or crafters of some kind? It could kind of give some a motivation to say "hey what happened?? We went from being some of the most known fur traders in the northern continent, to working hourly wage jobs and barely getting by??"
I think if more people went far back enough, they could discover where the family went from successful independent entrepreneurs, to wage earning servants. I believe many would also find that the tide turned somewhere along the intersection of Alcoholism Ave. and Drug Abuse Drive . Great read, I feel it is certainly worthy of any of the top 3 prizes, and hope that the judges or voters will also appreciate the validity to your article and its significance today.
originally posted by: Lolliek
There comes a time when you realize that you are the Elders of your family. It's sobering. When did that happen? There isn't an older generation to look to. We. Are. It. My older brother has become the patriarch, but it doesn't seem the same as when we were younger. We had "family reunions" and were fairly tight-knit back in the day (haha - talking like an old woman now). Every year we'd get together for a long weekend. Cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents - a huge group of people related not only by blood, but also by shared experiences. One by one we lost our grandparents and parents, and now we don't make the effort. Sure, we are all on Facebook, but years can go by and we don't see each other. It's totally our fault. The only time we get together are weddings and funerals - and sometimes not even those.
My parents were Depression Children, and taught my brothers and I how to recycle/reuse/care for things. Our kids - well, we didn't pass those skills down very well. Again, totally our fault. We've lost something valuable because we haven't been good stewards of our legacy. I wish that I had listened better. So many stories lost.
I think social media is good for some connections, but it has ruined real relationships. Makes you wonder if we'll ever get back to how families should be.