I came across an old African saying recently and it reminded me again of how important it is to document, conduct all of your oral histories, and write your story!
“When an elder dies, it is as if an entire library has burned to the ground.”
Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
– Mark Twain
The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us together.
In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage — to know who we are and where we came from.
He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.
Old English proverb
I am a genealogist who believes that
If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.
George Bernard Shaw