Understanding family history helps children cope with life

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Dec. 6, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    Family history has had a great influence in my life. I love to blame the Boones for my "itchy feet" and I love to credit my MO ancestors for my having greater family loyalty. My ancestry has provided me with wonderful examples (as well as a few negative ones). Each of us chooses what examples we follow, but having those examples does make a difference. If nothing else, telling family stories as a family helps develop conversation skills, and we need them. However, in agreement with the article, I believe knowing family history can be a boost to self-confidence and understanding the sacrifices of our ancestors should help us be more grateful. I see many benefits.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 5, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    I disagree. Who or what your ancestors did should not give you hope (or despair), or impact your own self esteem. What you should be value on is what you did, not your family history. I am personally the decedent from three prophets of the LDS church. That in no way give me any feel or sense of who I am than a person who doesn't carry those blood lines.

    I love genealogy. I love family history... I love history in general. But some of the biggest damage to society has been done because certain people or groups have a sense of entitlement (or superiority) over another group based on genealogy.

    Family history and stories are awesome things... but they don't make us who we are... we do.