I’m enjoying a burst of activity from cousins in various places who are contributing to a further building and fleshing-out of our family trees as we collaborate in identifying mysterious but fascinating family photos! I’ve often asked myself why genealogy is interesting or even important. I truly believe that some of the strongest and most loving families can be, and often are, built from non-biological relationships.
But genealogy is a particular kind of connection that can open doors to relationship, connection, history, deeper understanding of the self and one’s origins. It’s amazing to me that a little bit of spit can be analyzed to the point that it, alone is able to connect you to people you know and don’t know.