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2009-10-22 / Community News

Family History Month Celebration

Do your children know where your grandparents grew up? Do you know your father's favorite childhood memory? Does your family hail from other parts of the world? If you or your children don't know the answers to these questions, October is the perfect time to celebrate Family History Month and explore your family's past. By learning more about our heritage, we learn more about ourselves. Sharing these stories with your family is a remarkable activity that can help them better understand their roots and shape their own identities.

Millions of Americans are researching the history of their families. Experts say that in the United States , genealogy is now the second most popular hobby next to gardening. It is believed that more than 80 million Americans are currently actively searching for more information about their ancestors.

It is only natural that we want to find out more about our ancestors. What better way to bring families closer together than by discovering more about the story of their own family? Like it or not, who we are today is in large part a product of our ancestors.

Essentially, we are immigrants to this country. Our ancestors came from different parts of the globe. By searching our roots, we come closer together as a human family.

Researching ancestry is a very important component of identity. It can lead to long sought after family reunions or allow for life saving medical treatments that only genetic links will allow. For all of those reasons, we encourage people across this nation to find out more about where they came from.

Historical knowledge is impor- tant, while historical ignorance can be dangerous. Philosopher George Santayana famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

History should be studied because it is essential to individuals and to society, and because it harbors beauty. There are many ways to discuss the real functions of the subject—as there are many different historical talents and many different paths to historical meaning.

The Fayette County Genealogical Society will show many different aspects of genealogy, family and area history on Sat. October 24, at the La Grange Public Library in the conference room from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This is open to the public and all ages are encouraged to attend.

Each guest that attends will be entered in a door prize raffle and receive a free ornament for our Christmas Tree of Remembrance. Some of the booths that will available are the DRT, DAR, SRT, Fayette County Historical Commission, Marie Watts, Christmas Tree of Remembrance, and several others. The Fayette County Genealogical Society will be having a research booth set up with computers, transcribing, another computer will be available to check out the FCGS website and a scrapbook will be available as well. Donna Baker, treasurer of the Society will be on hand for those interested in becoming a member or those just seeking more information about the group. Come and see what makes history fun and exciting.

For more information please contact the President of the Fayette County Genealogical Society, Connie Sneed at 979-968- 4963.

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