Some people are in to genealogy and others family history. May folks use these terms interchangeably, but there is a difference.
Genealogy is the tracing of your genetic history. Who are you related to is all that is documented, foster and step relationships don’t count because they are not really related to you. Tracing your genetic history at least for 5 or 6 generations is generally not too difficult of a task. After that it gets harder and much of it is likely more based on stories than true documentation.
Family history on the other hand records your family’s story. Some of it is true and some of it is strictly legend as your family wanted the story to be told. Family historian’s which I include myself is looking for more than dates and places. We are looking to fill in the impossible details of lives generations later. We pour over newspapers and books looking for a story about our family and how they lived, and the impact that they made on history.
With the passing of each person history is lost. It is important to record history so it isn’t lost. There is so much that each person contributes that we will never know. I seek to record as much so it isn’t lost forever.
I hope you will enjoy my journey and if you are a history seeker this may give you inspiration, ideas and support.