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Genealogy Research: Unveiling the Past

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

The term genealogy is rooted from the Greek word "genealogia" which refers to the tracing of family. The term genealogia is likewise rooted from genea, referring to a generation or descent.

Genealogy research basically refers to the identification of the lineage, significant information regarding the history of the family. 

What is then the importance of tracing the history of your family? Why is it significant to search for your ancestors who are long dead and buried?

The very reason includes a very basic logic. If your ancestors never existed, you will not exist either. Hence, you and your ancestors are interlinked.

Meaning, you still behold a lot of similarity to your ancestors. Those people who have long been forgotten. Those people who have led a very different life before.
 
Tracing you family’s ancestors is a way of giving honor to them. Not that alone, the process of genealogy research is very fascinating too.

Aside from that, you will be able to learn lots of things. For instance, you would realize why you as well as the rest of your relatives dwell in a place when your race in fact belongs to some other country.

There are many circumstances relating to this occasion. An example of this is the early Hessian soldiers. Historically, British used them to battle the American colonization.

After these Hessian soldiers fought the Americans, many of them deserted Britain. Their descendants are believed to have transferred to Ohio later.

Another thing you can learn about the genealogy of your family is the medical conditions. What are these medical conditions that are running in your family’s blood? You need to be aware of them for they may be transmitted genetically. 

It is important to know whether your ancestor died of diabetes or other diseases. Did they suffer from a heart disease or asthma? This knowledge will give you the idea regarding the habits or types of food you need to avoid. 

Now, you might be wondering how to trace the medical conditions of your ancestors when in fact all of them are gone already.

finding your family history 

You might learn this from the stories of your parents told by you grandparents, which were shared before by your grand grandparents and so on.

But if ever there is no existing stories about your family’s medical conditions. You can easily refer to the old papers of death notices. Most often, the reason of death is detailed here.

  images from family history

Upon knowing the reason of the death of our ancestors you will be more careful on your health, and to your family too definitely.

So, how are you going to begin your research on your family’s genealogy? Fortunately, there are several ways to do it nowadays.

You can conduct your research on a genealogy library in your community or maybe in others. You may also opt to join a genealogy association. These associations usually have numbers of research tool to help you in your research. 

open the door and here are the people

Of course, you can also get your needed information by simply accessing the information through the Internet. Here, you can join genealogy forums, which could help you connect with your distant relatives.

Attending a family history conference will be of great benefit to you, so why not think about attending the International Family History Conference in Nottingham, England in 2009

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Is Heraldry important

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Many family historians and indeed many local historians tend to avoid heraldry on the grounds that it is largely irrelevant. The prevailing view seems to be that, as the majority of our ancestors came from very humble origins, there is little to be gained from a knowledge of heraldry. Furthermore its obscure terminology is often seen as totally incomprehensible to all but a few misguided enthusiasts.

Whatever view one takes there is no denying that Heraldry exists and the tangible evidence is abundantly visible. It may be in the form of decoration on buildings, monuments, household objects, weapons, buttons, livery, flags, military and civic uniforms, badges and symbols of office, trade marks and tokens, etc. Important documents often bear armorial devices and seals which, in themselves, can provide valuable historical information.

I inherited a selection of military buttons and badges which confirmed my grandfather’s service as a Bombardier in the Royal Garrison Artillery over a century ago.  Some of us in the course of our research may come across school or regimental neck-ties bearing heraldic devices which we need to be able to identify. Many especially those living in rural communities who were in the service of the local squire or rector may well have worn liveries with buttons, shoulder knots or cockades displaying the devices and colours from the master’s shield.

heraldic shield

Skilled craftsmen in London and other major cities would have been obliged to join the appropriate Livery Company to gain the right to practise their trade where they lived. This was likely to involve their displaying the distinctive symbols at their place of work and wearing the company livery on special occasions.  Mayors and other Civic dignitaries have always flown flags and worn specific livery and chains of office featuring the Armorial Bearings of their Borough.  In London, each Ward had its own characteristic symbols usually manifested in the form of the ceremonial maces carried by the Beadles. The advent of police forces and other public service bodies, which needed specialist uniforms continued the tradition of distinctive liveries and civic symbols. This was further developed within municipal transport services, fire brigades, etc.

genealogy conference

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