Our beginnings centered and grew around family life. In 1995 my wife organized the 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration of her parents. Married when WWII ended, their anniversary recalled their beginnings. Fashions were different. Women’s stockings were made from silk instead of nylon, and dresses were classic.
More importantly, though, dreams for a better future defined the post-war period. People were tired of living on-hold and wanted and needed to build homes in every sense of the word.
Our family followed in her parent’s footsteps, because we recognized the value of family life, which her parents modeled after their parents. It was hard for them to make ends meet with five children. But it is their sacrifice for their children who defined their lives, as it is with us and our family of four children. Family life is a core that transcends generations. My son is now building his family with his new wife, and their beginnings. Thankfully, they are close by and visit often with our new granddaughter!
We stand on the shoulders of our parents who gave us all they had. We give to our children and teach them all we know. Like brown hair and blue eyes, we hand down the characteristics and the make-up of who we are. Genealogy is personal to everyone, so it is meaningful because it describes us. We find identity in our ancestors. As you study your genealogy, think about what your parents and grandparents wished for you.
Circular Family Trees
This is why it makes sense to surround your beginnings as a circle with branches of your family forming the crown. Family Tree Tops family trees descend from your great grandparents as a practical place to start. By using a radial time scale, your family can be shown close together. Brothers and sisters will become uncles and aunts, parents will become grandparents, and cousins are shown side by side on the branches of your expanding tree.