Why genealogy?

I have been interested in genealogy for longer than I have known what it was. I remember being given a scrapbook by my late grandmother (on my father’s side) that had my paternal family tree on the back… I think it went back two or three generations. As I was born and raised in an area of the UK to which I have no ancestral links, I have often wondered ‘where do I come from?’ and would like to help others answer that same question.

I was born in February 1979, 2 and a half weeks after my father’s 30th birthday, six days before my due date – which also happened to be my mother’s 33rd birthday – in a city in the northwest of England called Chester, although I grew up just over the Welsh border. In fact I now live less than 3 miles from the house my parents brought me (eventually… but that’s another story!) home to when I was first born.

BUT… neither myself nor my parents have any ancestral links to the northwest… my father was born and raised in Yorkshire, as was his father before him; and my mother was born in Surrey and raised in Somerset.

So although the northwest has always been my home, I always dread answering one of the first questions that comes up when I meet someone new – “Where are you from?” Do they mean “Where do you live?” or “Where were you born?” … often I add a third option into the equation – “Where do you feel at home?” The answer to this third question is simple – God’s own county of Yorkshire. I went to university in Preston, Lancashire, and loved it, but if you cut me I bleed white not red :) I visited my father’s middle sister near Barnsley recently, and heaved a sigh of relief as she drove us back from Manchester over the Pennines.

1 thought on “Why genealogy?

  1. Hi!

    I recently stumbled upon your genealogy blog and wanted to let you know we released a fresh version of this helpful chart and infographic to help people see how they’re related to other family members and their relationship to them in their family tree. http://crestleaf.com/blog/relative-family-relationship-chart/

    I just thought this might be something you’d like to share with your blog readers and as a helpful resource for them to utilize (or even print out) as they engage with their genealogy research activities.

    If you would like, I can send you the chart to post on your blog or share with your social followers. Let me know if you’re interested.

    Kind Regards,


    Mark Subel
    Chief Digital Officer
    Twitter: @Crestleaf
    Our Blog: Crestleaf.com/Blog
    About Us: Crestleaf.com (a Top 100 genealogy site by Genealogy in Time Magazine) is a free online family tree builder that has been used by tens of thousands of people to document their family history. Along with the family tree tool, we provide free access to 90 Million+ historical records.

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