12 Crucial Reasons to (Re)Start Your Genealogy Research Now

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about starting on your genealogy for awhile but have not yet got round to the starting steps. You may have even made a few inroads but due to a variety of reasons you’ve had to place a pause on your research.

Here twelve crucial reasons to consider - and hopefully have you embarked on your family history very soon:

1.ENRICH KNOWLEDGE ABOUT YOURSELF

Uncovering your family history through genealogy research and DNA testing presents the opportunity to know about yourself and the ancestors to whom you are related.

2. LEAVE A LEGACY

There is such rich history that one can accumulate over the generations why not plan for a way in which to capture it?  Even if you don’t have family members interested today there is a strong likelihood that at a point in the future someone will.  Your gift of building out your family tree and history ensures they don’t have regret in “asking the questions sooner”.

3. PROVIDE A SENSE OF (FURTHER) IDENTITY TO FAMILY MEMBERS

Whether a new parent, a curious family member or simply interested in research, the information that can be garnered from family history inclusive of origins of ancestors, where they traveled, perhaps even why they made the choices they did, as well as DNA testing helps provide an identity for descendants.

4. FIND LOST / MISSING FAMILY MEMBERS

There may be a known - or - in fact an unknown family member within your history.  This can lead to a whole new path of discovery and enhancing your family story.

5.AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS

Granted while resources continue to be added to databases such as Ancestry, FindMyPast, FamilySearch to name a few - it doesn’t always guarantee the availability of records.  From unplanned events (eg. a flood, fire, natural disaster destroys paper records), to changing laws, to a new restriction on access

6.AVAILABILITY OF FAMILY MEMBERS

Take the opportunity of speaking and asking questions to living and in a capacity to relate stories and information about the family.  You want to avoid regret about not asking questions earlier.

7.CREATE A GIFT

Capturing the results of your research means you can create personal gifts for family members be it a video clip, a website, a family history book.

8.LEARN ABOUT YOUR HEALTH

Through both DNA testing (with 23andMe) as well as reviewing the causes of death of your ancestors could help point to common patterns of medical conditions or tendencies.

9.PLAN A FAMILY TRIP

What better way than to create a lasting family memory of togetherness then plan a family trip to one or more of your ancestral towns or homelands - and - while family members are alive.

10.TRIGGER INFORMATION FROM RELATIVES

As you embark on your family history you will likely encounter information you wish to validate with family members.  By starting now you can ensure you don’t forfeit this opportunity with living and available members of your family.

11.AVAILABILITY OF SOURCES

Starting now with your genealogy means you are minimizing losing availability of sources outside of the family you may wish to speak to for eg. elderly locals in an ancestral town who may carry information that could be of value to you, etc.

12.AVOID PRICING INCREASES

In some cases prices for database subscriptions, memberships, DNA kits, books, magazine subscriptions, research services may drop but in other instances they may not.  Starting now provides you with the opportunity to optimize your spend.

So there you go - some reasons to start digging (back) into your family tree!

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