Family History Month – October 2022

Family History Month is celebrated every October. It is a terrific opportunity to enhance your genealogy abilities, learn about new resources, and meet people who share your interest in the past. Explore the local library and genealogical society to find out what events are taking place in your area. If you don’t have time to attend a Family History Month event, there are plenty of ways to commemorate the holiday by working on your family history at home.

History of Family History Month

Since the dawn of time, family histories have been significant, and their significance has only increased in recent years. The family histories of individuals tell them who they are, where they originated from, and which notable relatives they may have descended from. The accolades and shame of everyone who had come before them were believed to be imbued in the bloodlines of many different types of people in the past, who held family history in high regard. The importance of one’s family history was so great throughout the Middle Ages that entire books detailing every nobleman’s pedigree across the various nations were published.

In the field of genealogy, the science of researching one’s family history is known as genealogical research, and it has become increasingly important in recent years for reasons other than simply tracking down one’s lineage. Many illnesses are hereditary, which means that they are passed down from one generation to the next through mother or father. Physicians can watch out for these illnesses during routine health checkups, and they may be able to prevent progression as you age as a result of tracking your family history.

After all, who would have guessed that Family History Month is as much about where an individual came from as it is about where they might be going? Because of the most recent technological advancements, it is now feasible to assure that people and their progeny will have longer and healthier lives.

Family History Month timeline

1960
“Centuries of Childhood” is Published

Philippe Ariès's book “Centuries of Childhood” is published in France and has a significant impact on the rebirth of the area of family history research.

1970
A Separate Field of History

Family history develops as a distinct branch of history with strong linkages to sociology and anthropology.

1978
“Women, Work, and Family” Study

Louise A. Tilly and Joan W. Scott explore new ground in pioneering research titled “Women, Work, and Family” with their wide interpretation framework and attention to the varied elements affecting the women's status in the family in England and France.

2001
Congress Passes a Resolution

Congress passes a resolution to observe Family History Month annually in October.

Family History Month FAQs

Why is it important to remember our ancestors?

Learning the history of our ancestors helps us gain a greater understanding of the challenges they faced, and it often inspires greater love and compassion for their flaws and mistakes. This compassion can easily translate to our relationships with the living, within our families, and outside them.

What is the genealogy in the “Bible?”

Genealogies help individuals follow family lines of kings and priests through Israel’s history. These genealogies are found in the very first nine chapters of ‘Chronicles.’

What do we inherit from our ancestors?

The combination of D.N.A. inherited by you is unique to you. 50% of D.N.A. comes from each of your parents, who in turn have received 50% of theirs from each of their parents and so on. The D.N.A. you inherit from a specific ancestor reduces over generations.

Family History Month Activities

  1. Investigate your ancestry

    Establishing your family tree is much simpler than you would think. Speak with your family members, especially your parents and siblings, first. What they say frequently might help you in the appropriate direction.

  2. Start writing about your own experiences

    Most people put off writing personal history because they believe it will take too much time and effort. Nevertheless, when broken down to answering one question per week, personal history is put together in a matter of minutes. It's a priceless gift to your heirs and descendants.

  3. Make contact with a long-lost relative

    Give a jingle to a member of your family you haven't spoken to in a while. If you haven't heard from your cousin or aunt in a while, now is the time to reconnect.

5 Interesting Facts About Genealogy

  1. It can reunite families

    Genealogists can help reunite families after war, adoption, or even natural disasters.

  2. It can help track genetic diseases

    Genealogists can monitor hereditary diseases that are passed down from parents to children.

  3. Insights from genealogy can help

    People who study genealogy may be interested in history and would like to know where and how their ancestors lived.

  4. It can track family wealth

    Some folks use genealogy to track money, land, and power so they can inherit it.

  5. Genealogy can explain culture

    It helps to understand cultures and traditions.

Why We Love Family History Month

  1. It gives you a sense of identity

    Understanding who you are is the most enlightening experience. Your eyes may be opened to how distinctive you are by learning more about your ancestors, honoring family customs, embracing your culture, and realizing where you came from. Additionally, it might improve your sense of self-worth and belonging.

  2. It fosters interpersonal relationships

    Knowing your family's past opens up possibilities for connections with people in the past, present, and future, which can have an impact on how you interact with others. And having relationships with other people is essential to living a happy life.

  3. It aids in making wise health decisions

    When asked if cancer, high blood pressure, or diabetes run in your family on a patient history form before meeting your healthcare provider, did your answer comes to a complete stop? Learning about your ancestors can tell you a lot about what health issues run in your family, which can help you avoid leaving any gaps in the future. More significantly, it highlights your vulnerabilities. Knowing this knowledge can assist you in leading a healthy lifestyle and in making wise health-related decisions.

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