|Arodi Peirce 1825|
I believe there comes a time in life when you realize how important it is to document your family history. Slowly this endeavor becomes more than just names and dates. You uncover lessons of faith, patriotism and love. You learn about the struggles they underwent during wars, the depression and the loss of loved ones through illnesses we can cure today.
I enjoy the hunt for the twists and turns and uncovering surprises that at times delight me and yes sometimes even shock me. Studying and learning about your ancestors can teach you tolerance of others. Here you may find multiple faiths in your family tree along with a possble black sheep or two. I believe that my ancestors are waiting for me to find them.
You begin to understand that you are a composite of all those who came before. You come to the realization that one day you will be part of all those yet to come, therefore your life continues through them. What keeps me motivated is the realization that when you find pictures of your ancestors, learn the details and history of their lives, it is as if you knew them when they walked the earth. It warms my heart.