December 23 is Roots Day! Roots Day is all about celebrating your heritage and learning about your ancestors. With the holidays in full swing and many returning to their homes to spend time with their families, it’s the perfect time to find out more about your genealogy.
Ironically, the origins of this holiday are unknown, but that doesn’t mean yours have to be! Delving into your family’s lineage can be a long and interesting journey. You may find out things you never knew before or piece together what you already knew. You may discover that you have relatives from distant and exciting places, or even that you are related to famous historical figures. Often your family tree may branch out several times before coming to a dead end. You may even find that someone else in your family has done the same research you have.
Though a family tree may seem like a clean-cut way to look at your genealogy, it misses some connections your relatives may have and the complex and various ways your family is connected. Your roots, just like the roots of a tree, are tangled and reach deeper than you may ever know. This holiday season, ask your older relatives questions about your family’s past. Stories that are glossed over or untold could come out and you may end up learning more about your family than you would ever know just by connecting the lines in your family tree.
Today, celebrate the underlying connections – your roots – and the history that made your family what it has become!