May 30th, 2012 at 11:45 am (Articles)
With the new television shows that are available now it occurred to me there is only one of the three that I know of that is for the regular person. “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “Finding Your Roots” are great shows and I will be watching every week, but they are based on famous people. We are not a movie star, actor, congress man, famous ball player, etc. What about the everyday person?
Hats off to BYU. TV! I was very pleasantly surprised to find on satellite television BYU.TV and The Generations Project was there. I first ran across the show by accident a while back and decided to start recording the episodes for research for this blog. This past weekend I started watching the show as I was cleaning house. Big mistake! Next thing I knew I was glued to the television and forgot all about the cleaning.
With each episode the person the show is highlighting tells their story and why they are looking to find their roots. Some are adopted, some had a parent that wasn’t very kind and they were looking for a way to move on, others just needed to further their search in honor of a beloved grandparent. No matter what the story was each I found to be very moving. We forget how tangled live can be and by finding our roots many times we are able to heal and help others to complete what always seemed incomplete. To me it does matter where I came from and who I am in all ways.
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For many people I have helped to start their genealogy they seem very set on a purpose. They are looking to make a connection to the lost loved one for themselves or a parent. There always seems that drive to discover something about their family that has been missing. Isn’t it interesting to see how many of us feel the need to fill in the blanks. We all want to know just who we really are.
If you are interested in sharing your story with the Generations Project there is a place to ask them to “Feature Your Story”. I am thinking about doing just that. By submitting my story I might finally have the chance to find out if my grandfather was related to the outlaw gang the Younger Brother’s and was the same grandfather’s mother really Native American and the circumstances of her birth.
I love to hear stories of others search and what I call “genealogy serendipity”. These are those times were it just seems you were meant to find information or a person that seemed lost and miraculously was found.
Please feel free to share your stories with me.
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