By Penn Smith
Last updated 2011-02-17
When my first son was born ... we were given one of those books that you get where you put the first lock of hair, and first photograph, and all those sorts of things. And there was a section for filling in your family history. I realised straight away we didn't know who my grandfather was. Went to look at the detail to find out where he came from, who he was, and it started this obsession, which has now being going on for 35 - 36 years.
It sparked in me the ... the desire to find out as much as I could about the family.
I think it adds to your identity. It gives you a sense of who you are and where you've come from. It puts you in context. Particularly in this day and age when families are often disbursed - there's a lot of divorce, family break-up ... it's perhaps even more important now than it once was.
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