Leaving Your Legacy: 5 Eye-Opening Benefits of Ancestry Research

Grandparents Day is September 13, a great time to honor all the grandparents and grandchildren in your family, past and present and future, by recording your family’s legacy.

With the simplicity of at-home DNA tests and the massive amounts of data available on sites such as Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, and 23andMe.com, millions of Americans are turning into bona fide genealogy sleuths – and for lots of interesting and useful reasons.

“Technology is making it easier for families to fill in their trees’ missing leaves,” says Kelly Carroll, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, a senior living community offering Independent Living with Supportive Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “It also connects them with living relatives, provides insight to medical conditions, and makes it easier to find immigration, military, birth, marriage, and other records that bring to life the people behind the names.”

In this post, we’ll explore 5 benefits of ancestry research.

1. FINDING LIVING FAMILY MEMBERS

Genealogy research can connect you to living relatives around the world. If you match through a site like Ancestry.com, you can elect to send private messages, exchange family tree information, or discover other interesting facts about your family history and heritage.

 

2. FILLING IN FAMILY TREES

Ancestry.com alone has DNA-tested more than 18 million people, hosts more than 100 million family trees, and runs more than 1 billion searches each month through its 20 billion-strong records collection. The site alerts members when they have possible new names or information to add to their trees.

If you don’t want to submit your DNA, FindAGrave.com can be a great place to start. It’s free and doesn’t require a DNA sample. Many FindAGrave records identify the deceased’s parents, siblings, and children, and some include death certificates containing information that may be useful to you.

 

3. PRESERVING THE FAMILY LEGACY

Put faces and life stories to the names found in old family Bibles, address and recipe books, postcards, and more. Learn more about the relationships and origins of the people who made you.

  • Validate Stories

Are there some wild tales being passed down through the generations in your family? How much is true? How much is embellished? Which parts got lost in translation during the world’s longest game of Telephone? Genealogical research can uncover newspaper articles, letters, diaries, and other contemporary records that can help you separate fact from legend.

  • Understand Where You Came From

Does your mother insist she’s 100% Italian? Are you 100% not buying it? Find out where your ancestors really came from and when. In addition to setting the record straight for future generations, your research can help you or a family member prove ancestral links required to procure membership to certain heritage societies or receive certain government benefits, scholarships, or visas.

  • Discover Famous Ties & Proof of Kinship

Many people begin their genealogy research with the hopes of finding interesting characters and famous ancestors in their trees. If you have famous connections beyond Charlemagne, genealogy research will help you find out who they are, how you are related, and more information about them.

 

4. DISCOVERING HEALTH RISKS

Being aware of your genetic risks for certain diseases or chronic conditions can encourage you and your children to take preventative action early. Genealogy companies like 23andMe.com can analyze your DNA and look for specific markers that indicate your chances of developing inheritable health conditions like diabetes or heart disease. This is incredibly helpful for people who were adopted or otherwise have no information regarding their biological medical history.

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5. DETERMINING INHERITANCES

Documents found during genealogy research can be valuable to families and courts. Proving genealogical connections to family heirlooms, land parcels, and other valuable items is extremely useful when determining inheritances or settling claim disputes between family members. Genealogy can also identify appropriate next of kin in the absence of immediate family members.

 

READY TO GET STARTED?

 

 

Learn how we make Grandparents Day and every day special for families at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens. Give us a call at 561-214-8549!

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