Family History Month is an incredibly special and educational holiday celebrated every October! Knowing one’s family history is an incredibly valuable asset and genealogy is a fascinating field of study.
In 2001, the US Congress passed a resolution making Family History Month an annual event. This kick-started the development of genealogy as a science. Studies into family history revealed numerous details and resources, as well as new methods for tracing one’s family tree. What’s more, genealogy can help to predict certain inherited diseases and provide preventative measures. People have always been interested in their family’s past; for example, during the Middle Ages multiple books were published detailing the genealogies of noble families. Even the Bible contains geological trees of Adam, Abraham, and Jesus.
- Japan’s imperial family has one of the oldest and most detailed family trees, which dates back to the 4th century and Emperor Kinmei’s rule.
- the Guinness World Record for the largest family tree belongs to Roy Blackmore of England, who spent 28 years compiling the tree which includes 9,390 people.
- there are many services and specialists who can be hired to trace one’s family history.
- genealogy can also help to track down financial assets such as land and money that may be inherited.
How to take part
Family History Month is the perfect opportunity to begin researching one’s family tree. The best place to start is by speaking to parents and grandparents to get an idea of which direction to take. Then, begin writing down your family’s story – take your time and be sure to include all the important details. Future generations will be thankful for your efforts!
Finally, don’t forget to get in touch with distant family members you may have lost contact with. Now is the perfect time to reconnect!
When is Family History Month in 2023?
Family History Month is observed on October 1 each year.