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11 April 2012

THE BIG QUESTIONS OF GENEALOGY

     While I was disappointed in Finding Your Roots, I must say it made me think. Both Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are (although in a more subtle and less "in your face" manner)  ask us to consider some very important questions about ourselves and our ancestors:
  • To what extent are we "who" we are today because of our ancestors' actions and our family history?
  • Are we "where" we are today--in a social and economic sense--because of, or in spite of, the actions of our ancestors?
  • To what extent are we responsible for the actions of our ancestors? Are we responsible in a moral or ethical sense? An economic or political sense?
That's enough to chew on for now. Think and discuss!