Discovering Roots Day

December 15th, 2010

Roots Day happens every December 23. It’s a day when everyone is encouraged to learn more about their ancestors.

Genealogy is the study of us. When we understand the people who came before us, we discover more about who we are today. The quest to unveil our past has become more than a hobby. It has become a passion.

The Story Of Sue Lagel

Sue Lagel never knew much about her mother’s side of the family. Both of her grandparents passed away when Sue’s mother was very young. This part of her lineage, it seemed, would forever remain a mystery.

As she got older, Sue continued to wonder about her ancestors. By now her parents had also passed, and Sue had very little connection to family. She decided to do something about it. Sue heard about a service called a people search, and gave it a try. There it was. In just a few moments, Sue discovered a cousin she barely remembered meeting as a little girl.

A Family Reunion And Other Surprises

After finding a phone number, Sue immediately called her cousin. The two women talked for more than an hour. Both were overjoyed by the moment. As it turned out, they only lived a few hours apart. They agreed to meet in person two weeks later.

During their reunion, Sue mentioned regrets about her unknown past. This led to her first surprise. Her cousin was an amateur genealogist. Sue listened intently as her cousin told one amazing story after another. She happily accepted an invitation for a second visit.

When they met again, Sue’s cousin came prepared. She had more personal anecdotes, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks from years ago. Every moment seemed to bring a new discovery. One in particular stopped Sue in her tracks. Her grandmother had been an excellent artist. Sue finally understood where her own love of art came from. She felt connected to her family, and to her past, in a way she never had before.

Celebrating Roots Day

Sue’s story defines the true meaning of Roots Day. It’s about the need – and the initiative – to uncover your past. Although its origin is unknown, the point of the Roots Day is clear. We can all discover more about ourselves by looking into the past.

Roots Day comes right during the holiday season. Perhaps it’s a reminder that we should all slow down for a moment. Even during this busy time of year. Take some time to discover your own ancestry this December. You might be amazed by what you find.

Uncovering Your Past

There are many ways to learn about your ancestry. You can look for old documents, dig through faded photos and spend time researching in ancient cemeteries. One of the most exciting ways to unearth your past is by talking to people who already have amazing stories to share. They can help you populate your family tree with stories, pictures and heirlooms that can’t be found anywhere else.

Have you ever celebrated Roots Day or taken time to learn about your lineage? Then leave us a comment to share what you found. Have a wonderful journey into your past, and thank you for reading the PeopleFinders people search blog.

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