Have you ever heard of progonoplexia?
Learning about one's roots was a huge part of Greek identity; being able to brag about ancestors and their past glories. The word was coined to describe the modern Greek people’s preoccupation with discovering their ancient past.
It's an obsession that has lasted over time.
Many of us are familiar with the phrase "To know where you are going, you must know where you have been." This age-old idea stresses the importance of learning about our past to help us succeed in the future.
In this Huffington Post article, the author describes her motivations for conducting family history research.
Both her father and grandfather keep quiet when it comes to discussing their family history and even try to lure her away from digging up the past through short references to "dark secrets and family feuds."
But like most people with curious minds and a sense of investigation, preventing her from making inquiries only makes her even more interested.
What are my motivations for investigating my own family?
For me, it's a strong desire to know who my ancestors were and where I come from, to understand my ancestors and how they lived, to use that information and apply it to the present.
What about you?
What are your motivations for researching your unique family history? Are you trying to unlock anything in particular?
Share your stories in the comments below.