Posts Tagged ‘genetics’

Seven Reasons to do your Genealogy

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Ever wondered (or been asked) why genealogy matters? Here are some reasons to research your family history.

  1. Honour Your Ancestors: The idea of honouring your parents and ancestors is valued around the world. What better way to do this than to learn who your ancestors were and ensure they will be remembered in your family?
  2. Know Your Health History: Scientists are determining that more and more health problems have a genetic component. Learning and recording your family medical history can show you what illnesses you are predisposed to. This is helpful to both you and your doctor.
  3. Find that Long Lost Cousin: Sometimes family members lose touch with one another. Piecing together your family history may lead you to uncover living relatives you never knew you had.
  4. Exercise your Mind: Genealogy is research. To be successful, a genealogist must develop good research skills and be up to date on the latest resources, tools and techniques for finding and evaluating information (not all the information out there can be believed). Researching your family history engages the brain and sharpens the mind.
  5. Know Who You Are: We don’t just get our health problems from our ancestors. You may have your grandfather’s nose and your great grandmother’s ability to play piano. When you learn where your ancestors came from and what they did, you will find elements of yourself too. Learning about them, helps you develop your own sense of who you are and where you came from. This gives you a solid foundation on which to build your future.
  6. Fun and Adventure: Do you like a good mystery novel? Or tv shows like CSI? Genealogy is detective work too. Feel the rush of excitement as you find the right piece of information to solve the mystery of what happened to your great-great- uncle. Then be adventurous and travel to the country where he was born.
  7. Leave a legacy for your descendants: Just as you will learn about yourself through studying your family history, when you record what you’ve learned, you give your descendants the same chance to know who they are and where they came from.

Why do you do your genealogy?

 Want to get started? Check out our How to Research Your Family History page.

At the Library: Family Medical History

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Genealogy helps us develop a greater sense of our own identity by showing how our ancestors and the lives they lived have shaped us and the life we now live. Some people are more passionate about these discoveries than others, but one way in which family history research has become important to everyone is where health is concerned.

Scientists focusing on genetics are demonstrating through more and more studies that health problems are hereditary and that knowing your family medical history, helps you prepare for what health issues you may face in your future.

OGS has some books to help you with this.

Family health trees : genetics & genealogy
By Luanne McNabb, Elizabeth B.J. Curtis and Kathleen R. Barclay-Bowley

This book is an OGS publication. It is available at the provincial library and the second edition (2005) can be purchased from our e-store. The book explains genetics and describes how to chart your family’s health history. 

The Genes in your Genealogy
By Sherilyn L. Bell & Constandina N. Arvanitis
This instructional book discusses the genetic components of genealogy including DNA testing and health trees 

We also have several articles on this topic in the June 1994  issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly which you can also access at the Provincial Library. 

To find more books about family medical history, you can search our catalogue
Here are some words to use in the SUBJECT field
-medical records