National Genealogy Day

Many of us are too busy living our lives that we don’t think about the past. This includes our ancestors who lived and died hundreds of years ago.

People who have more time sometimes discover the most amazing facts about their forefathers and what kind they were.

You might be a little curious, don’t you think? National Genealogy Day will be a great educational experience for you.

It is not new to keep track of your family tree. For example, the Confucius family tree has been kept for more than 2,500 years. This is a Guinness World Record.

Genealogy was a key component of Western society. It was used by royalty to determine who was noble and who wasn’t, as well to determine who the right to govern which area.

Similar to the assertions of the ancient Egyptians that their pharaohs are part god, part man, the medieval Anglo-Saxon Chronicle stated that the god Woden (or the Norse god Odin), was an ancestor of many English kings.

In 2013, Christ Church, United Presbyterian, and Methodist in Limerick, Ireland created National Genealogy Day to celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary. Christ Church gathered local family records from both its combined churches and from other Church of Ireland parishes such as the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland, Quaker, and Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) for this day.

The people in attendance could then use the amassed marriage and baptism records dating back to the early 1800s, such as Limerick Methodist Registers and Limerick Presbyterian Registers, to find out about their great-great-grandparents.

This idea was so well-received that it was repeated twice more. It has inspired many to look at their family trees to learn more about their roots.

It is clear that this is the best day to celebrate. We cannot guarantee that every one of your discoveries will include stories about royalty and heroes. Heather Quinlan, a New York filmmaker, discovered quite a few bones while digging through her ancestors’ closets.

It turned out that her grandmother’s great grandfather had beat a man to death using a chair during a drunken brawl. Her family was also full of colorful characters. Many of them were involved in a violent feud in 1830s.

Quinlan’s great grandfather was able to escape prison after he had killed many people. Quinlan joked that it was like “The Hatfields and McCoys met Romeo and Juliet with a pinch of ‘Mayberry R.F.D.

No matter what your interests may be, National Genealogy Day is sure to entertain you for a few hours. You never know, you might become so interested in genealogy that it becomes a hobby.


Nov 03 2024


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