“People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” —Marcus Garvey
Carter & Cecilia Davidson (front row sitting on right) and Eva Davidson their daughter (standing on far right 2nd row)
Having a family tree helps us to learn about the past family members whom we have never met or known. It can also increase the bond with the distant family members who are also a part of our family. There is no doubting the fact that getting familiar with one’s family history brings a sense of pride to an individual. The knowledge that your ancestors had great inner strength can be a powerful motivator for anyone trying to understand their place in the world today. Knowledge of such things can definitely bring a feeling of satisfaction or gratitude learning about your family history.
Knowing our family history builds resilience. In learning about our ancestors’ lives, we can see patterns of overcoming failures and surviving hard times. Their stories remind us that surely not everything in life will work easily, that disappointments occur and inequalities exist, but that we can recover, triumph, and find happiness despite hardships.
Learning the history of our ancestors will help us gain a greater understanding of the challenges they faced, and it can inspire a greater love and compassion for the life they lived, their achievements, flaws and mistakes. This compassion can easily translate to our relationships with the living, within our families and outside them