What better gift can be given to a young person than information on their ancestors? Making a family tree with a child or grand child can be a great way to spend quality time with them, and better yet, pass on information that they may in turn, pass on to future generations.
The importance of knowing about ones ancestors can be life-changing. Being able to see in print that their G-G-Grandfather was a physician or a tradesman, or whether he came from Ireland, Africa or Europe, can be extremely interesting for a young person to know. It may give them a sense of worth and pride that they can share with others. Often times making up a family tree is part of a child’s school work, and by having the information on hand, it will make their project much easier to finish.
As adults, it is in a way, a duty to pass on family information to the younger generations. Besides the fact that it is interesting to know about your heritage, it can also play an important role as far as health issues are concerned. Some illnesses, disease’s and conditions are often times much more prominent in certain ethnic groups. Therefore, by knowing the family background, the child can also keep track of any specific health problems that may have been passed on from one generation to another, such as heart disease or diabetes, which are two ailments that tend to run in families.