Genealogy for Caregivers

Posted by Kristina Law on Feb 2, 2015

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Genealogy is one of the biggest ways to link generations.

If you have heard the term "genealogy", but aren't exactly clear about what it is, here is a simple definition. Genealogy is a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family,group, etc. Basically, it's tracing your ancestors to see where you came from! It's a neat experience going back and seeing names, and sometimes reading stories, about the people who indirectly marked the path for me. One of the ways to go about figuring out your family tree is by talking with the family you have here! Talking to your grandparents and/or great-grandparents is a special moment for both parties as you ask them about their lives and stories they remember hearing from their grandparents. Old family stories are talked about and brought to life as you talk with those who experienced some of them. wearewhoweare

Another way to do your genealogy is going through archives, cemetery libraries, courthouses, etc. That can be an adventure, but it does take a lot of time and devotion. The third way to do it, and perhaps the fastest, is online. Now-a-days we can look up almost anything on the internet and find what we're looking for. Luckily for those who aren't as tech savvy as others, there are specific websites devoted to family history or genealogy that make it as easy as possible. One of the biggest sites for this is familysearch.org. It's easy to use and navigate, and the best part? It's free!

Caring.com shared the idea of doing genealogy with your aging loved one. Whether that be talking with them like mentioned earlier, or be it going through online archives with them, it is a fun activity to do together. Looking back on the beautiful things in your family's past and finding new hope for what the future has to offer! Genealogy really is the linking factor between generations.

If genealogy is something that interests you, but the thought of exploring online to do it overwhelms you, no worries. Most church buildings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also have offices where you can go and have someone go through the process with you every step of the way. Don't let the fear or stress of using the internet stop you and your loved one from experiencing the special bonding that occurs when doing your family history.