What is Genealogy?

Genealogy (from the Greek for "generation" and "knowledge") or Family History is the study of families and the tracing of lineages and history. Those interested in genealogy use oral traditions, historical records, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.

The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one's family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling. (Adapted from Wikipedia).

Genealogy activities are often pursued by seniors, perhaps because they perceive a more imminent need to document their family history, and because they have more disposable time to look into these details.  Some schools promote heritage projects that students complete, however these projects do not necessarily focus on genealogy, nor do they involve seniors in anything more than the most passive way. Typically, genealogy projects are self-initiated and relatively solitary in nature. We know of no projects in our area or province that focus on both youth and seniors working in partnership to research and document family histories and being provided with active assistance to do so. In fact, our project may provide a model for other societies and counties.