What 'Homegoing' taught me about family heritage

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| July 11 2016,

03:00 am

  1. Family heritage is more than just names on a paper to me. This isn't really a new conclusion, but reading Homegoing solidified it. Intergenerational and historical trauma truly exist, and the fears and anxieties of a family (or community) can affect future generations to come.
  2. I'm going to trace my DNA. I think it's so cool that there are companies out there now that will allow you to trace your DNA. I have a couple of friends who've done it, so now I'm going to do it too. Who knows what I'll find?
  3. I want to turn my family story into a book. Years ago, a cousin of mind made a book about our family tree. It's an extended version of the tree with pictures and brief biographies of practically everybody since 1850. Now, I want to do the same thing for the other side of my family. Another cousin of mine and I have collected photos and records for most of our lives just for fun. The idea to create something tangible has swirled in our heads since Finding Your Roots aired on PBS. It's now time to put in work and create something to pass along to others. That will be our family legacy.

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