Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Family History is not just Genealogy

Regarding family history, the council from church leaders frequently centers around genealogy, which is identifying your direct ancestor. My father has traced almost all of our family lines at least 10 generations back; the work that needs to be done to find names requires, at least, knowledge of languages I don't know. Continuing my family's genealogy has proven to be extremely difficult. Fortunately, the church emphasizes not only genealogy, but family history work, which calls people to "turn their hearts" to their ancestors. I believe we will soon see an increased emphasis from the church on that aspect of family history as more and more individuals trace their families so far back that traditional genealogy becomes too daunting to the average member.

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