Family History: The most important legacy?


An article in the Dallas Morning News, quoting a 2012 American Legacies Pulse Study, states that family history is the most important “asset” that we bequeath to our descendants.

According to the story, 86% of people ages 47-66 and 74% of those ages 72+ say that passing on family stories and memories means more to them than passing on material possessions.

As we get older, we tend to focus our thoughts on our family. How will they remember us? After we’re gone, will they maintain the values and family bonds that were important us?

Many people choose to create a family site on because they can then involve other family members to help with research and transform the project into a collective and collaborative effort.

Your family members can play an active role in helping with your research. In turn, they will better understand their roots. It provides a way to build – together – a family history legacy to be enjoyed by the younger generation and transmitted to future ones.

If you’re new to family research, MyHeritage, or just want some advice, register for our free webinar taking place this SaturdayHow to use MyHeritage to find relatives and research your family.

In this interactive webinar, get the tools you need to start building your tree and make family discoveries.

Additionally, on Sunday, we have another free webinar, Sharing and Preserving Data in the Digital Age. We all have old family records, birth certificates, marriage documents that are passed down to us and – as we get more interested in our family history – we then seek additional documents.

The webinar will demonstrate how to preserve these records. Technological advances make it even easier to preserve data by converting records to digital formats. We can then attach them to the individuals in our family trees. This enables information to be shared with and made accessible to all the family.

Do you agree with this research? Is family history the most important legacy that you wish to pass on? Let us know in the comments below.

Hope to see you on the webinars.

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  • Monica Duff

    June 15, 2012

    The Kenmare Chronicle’s Facebook page is worth checking out if you have roots or connections in the Kenmare area of South West Ireland. Here’s the link:

  • Rabindra Simon

    June 17, 2012

    Its good since the sweet memories, always keeps the family bond