Learn, Share, Teach
More Roots Than Branches began with the wish to learn more, to share more, and to teach. Over the years, we’ve grown to include several amazing researchers, writers, teachers, and friends. As you explore these pages, it is our sincere hope that you learn something, that you share something with us, a friend or family member, a neighbor, or even a stranger, and that you teach someone, something.
About 22 years ago, I recall my dad’s only sister introducing me to a book which has now become a favorite text in my library. The most worn pages talk about learning what is beneath the surface and knowing the foundation from which we stand tall; it’s about knowing our family, our ancestors, our heritage. The idea of “more roots than branches” highlights the legacy we each carry and the treasures available to us as we search for and learn about the many, many people who make us who we are today.
“Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.”
Around the same time, I can still clearly recall as I sat in my first law enforcement academy during one of the segments where we studied the United States Constitution. I noticed a very familiar name among the signers; the last name is fairly unique and the first name is the same as one of my grandfathers, a great-grandfather, and three uncles on the same line. I began researching my family that very night and I haven’t turned back since.
What We Treasure
Have you seen or participated in a daily-photo challenge on social media? About seven years ago, I selected a picture of my family tree for “Day 7: Your Most Treasured Belonging.” My most treasured belonging isn’t an item at all; it’s my heritage.
In 2010, I listened to David McCullough speak at a genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. His address was tremendous and full of wisdom. Among other things, I especially recall two points he made about our family history:
- When we say someone is “not forgotten” – they are not “gone”
- If you want your descendants to know anything about you, start keeping a journal, now
Our ancestors are not gone as long as we learn about them, share their stories, and celebrate their legacy. Our future generations will best know about us through our stories and our writing, and in our own words.
“Shine your light and make a positive impact on the world; there is nothing so honorable as helping improve the lives of others.”
~Roy T. Bennett
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