Our Important Past

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We all have interesting relatives and ancestors. I am sure that your parents and grandparents can tell you fun, exciting, sad and sometimes even heartbreaking stories of their family. I am so glad that God gave me a grandmother that has a love for genealogy, the quest for lost relatives. Though her, I have found that one of my ancestors was William Bradford, who came over on the Mayflower and was later the governor of Plymouth. I am also related to a wealthy plantation owner, some Oklahoma Sooners and many other interesting people.

One of the problems with this culture in general is it has not made time family. They are too wrapped up in themselves and their lives to care about their family stories and their special heritage. I am as guilty as many young people of not really caring about my past. It’s in the past and we can’t change it so why is it so important?

There are two big reasons why, one; we can learn a lot about who we are from our family and our heritage. It is one thing to say you are American, African American, Indian American or whatever group you happen to be a part of, but what does that really mean? What is you heritage and background? What events and circumstances have brought you and your family to the point they are today?

The second reason is one you have probably heard before but which is worth repeating; history often repeats it’s self. The lessons that our ancestors and the generations before us, have learned the same lessons that we are learning over today, many of which, we could have learned the easy way if we had just studied a little history.

So let’s all take a little time today to learn about our heritage and family stories. Oh, and thank you Grandmother, for helping me to find out about my heritage.

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