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Our Obsession with Family Roots
Most everyone has been told at some time or another that they look like their mother, father, or other relative. Whether they are physical features, actions or personality traits people are often intrigued by the comparisons. It is these sorts of things that I believe contribute to human interest in their family roots.
Our society has an overwhelming interest in babies, and for good reason. Babies bring new life to the world and joy to the lives of those who interact with them. Babies also bring with them the inevitable question: Who do they look like? It is practically an unwritten law that all babies must be compared to their parents and a decision must be made as to which parent they most resemble.
This desire to make comparisons likely stems from the fact that most of us have been compared to our parents all of our life. As our lives progress we see just how strong our family roots are as we begin to notice how much we really do look or act like our parents or other family members
All through my childhood years I was told how much I looked like my father. I strongly denied any resemblance in my youth as I thought there was no way I could be so young and look like someone so much older than me. As time has passed I have come to realize just how true those statements were.
When I was in high school my mother showed me a picture of my father as a 14 year old all dressed in his baseball uniform. I was actually able to convince many of my friends that it was actually an old picture of me! It was around that time that I began to wonder “Who are my ancestors?”
Once an interest in family roots has begun a strong desire to do your own family tree research will often follow. Many are not simply satisfied to know that they look like their parents, but also begin to get curious about what other relatives they may look or act like.
Though this is just one of many reasons why individuals begin their research, it is safe to say that human interest in family roots is here to stay.
About the Author:
Kent Fairbourn is the Great Grandson of John A. Scorup (a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame) and a Client Account Specialist for 10x Marketing, an Internet marketing company. Go now to Heirlines Family History and Genealogy for a Free Professional Genealogy Consultation