Quotes About Genealogy

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Orson Scott Card
“Every person is defined by the communities she belongs to.”
Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead

Joan Didion
“The past could be jettisoned . . . but seeds got carried.”
Joan Didion, Where I Was From

Jo Ann V. Glim
“A personal journey is part of the generational relay. Live your legacy then pass it on.”
Jo Ann V. Glim

“My family tree has many branches, both living and dead... but all equally important. I cherish the memories that make its roots run deep.”
Lynda I Fisher

Thomas Carlyle
“History is the essence of innumerable biographies.”
Thomas Carlyle

Eleanor Brownn
“Your ancestors are rooting for you.”
Eleanor Brownn

Amin Maalouf
“... the pursuit of origins is a way of rescuing territory from death and oblivion, a reconquest that ought to be patient, devoted, relentless and faithful.”
Amin Maalouf, Orígenes

Tim Wise
“Genealogy itself is something of a privilege, coming far more easily to those of us for whom enslavement, conquest, and dispossession of our land has not been our lot.”
Tim Wise

Laurence Overmire
“Dead people are easy to love. It's the living ones who are hard.”
Laurence Overmire

Laurence Overmire
“History remembers only the celebrated, genealogy remembers them all.”
Laurence Overmire, One Immigrant's Legacy: The Overmyer Family in America, 1751-2009: A Biographical Record of Revolutionary War Veteran Capt. John George Overmire and His Descendants

Barbara Kingsolver
“Every family's its own trip to China.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer

“The story of his great-grandfather . . . was his own story, too.”
Kelly Cherry, The Exiled Heart: A Meditative Autobiography

Joshua Ferris
“I had never thought much of genealogy. A lot of wasted time collecting the names of the dead. Then stringing those names, like skulls upon a wire, into an entirely private and thus irrelevant narrative, lacking any historical significance. The narcissistic pastime of nostalgic bores.”
Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Celia Conrad
“Look to the past to see what the future holds.”
Celia Conrad, Wilful Murder

“To be American is to long for whatever our parents fled.”
Colin Quinn, The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America

Ron Mayes
“History will be kind to me for I have written it. Winston Churchill”
Ron Mayes, Sherrod's Legacy: Reflections of Sherrod Mayes and His Descendants

Christopher Hitchens
“I have had my mother's wing of my genetic ancestry analyzed by the National Geographic tracing service and there it all is: the arrow moving northward from the African savannah, skirting the Mediterranean by way of the Levant, and passing through Eastern and Central Europe before crossing to the British Isles. And all of this knowable by an analysis of the cells on the inside of my mouth.

I almost prefer the more rambling and indirect and journalistic investigation, which seems somehow less… deterministic.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Laurence Overmire
“There is no such thing as an insignificant life, only the insignificance of mind that refuses to grasp the implications.”
Laurence Overmire, One Immigrant's Legacy: The Overmyer Family in America, 1751-2009: A Biographical Record of Revolutionary War Veteran Capt. John George Overmire and His Descendants

Amanda Sledz
“We are all descendants of murderers and thieves.”
Amanda Sledz, Psychopomp Volume One: Cracked Plate

Laura Kalpakian
“Nuclear didn't describe families. How could it? Dry physics was not equal to that task. In the twentieth century we needed a biological metaphor, Darwinian in scope, to suggest the gnash and crash of carnivorous life in the family gene pool. But for the 21st century, the new century, I think the metaphors must be chemical. Molecular. In the molecular family people are connected without being bound. They spindle themselves around shared experiences and affections rather than splashing in the shared gene pool.”
Laura Kalpakian, Steps and Exes

Carlfred Broderick
“I suppose it must be admitted that I was raised in a "dysfunctional" family, but in truth, I do not think I had any sense of that as I was growing up. Probably part of the reason was that all of my extended kin had families at least as dysfunctional as mine. Just to give a little of the flavor of it, my "Aunt Fern," who lived just across the street and was one of the most present and puissant female relatives in my life, was, to be genealogically precise, my mother's brother's, first wife's, second husband's, father's, 3rd, 4th, and 5th wife. (She married "Uncle Lew" three times in the course of her seven matrimonial ventures.)”
Carlfred Broderick

J.R. Tompkins
“History doesn’t move you more than when it’s in the iron of your own blood.”
J.R. Tompkins

“A person in search of his ancestors naturally likes to believe the best of them, and the best in terms of contemporary standards. Where genealogical facts are few, and these located in the remote past, reconstruction of family history is often more imaginative than correct.”
James G. Leyburn, The Scotch-Irish: A Social History

Laurence Overmire
“Over the course of the millennia, all these multitudes of ancestors, generation upon generation, have come down to this moment in time—to give birth to you. There has never been, nor will ever be, another like you. You have been given a tremendous responsibility. You carry the hopes and dreams of all those who have gone before. Hopes and dreams for a better world. What will you do with your time on this Earth? How will you contribute to the ongoing story of humankind?”
Laurence Overmire, One Immigrant's Legacy: The Overmyer Family in America, 1751-2009: A Biographical Record of Revolutionary War Veteran Capt. John George Overmire and His Descendants

Marianne Perry
“I wish that I would have asked my grandparents more about their early lives in Italy when I had the chance to do so.”
Marianne Perry

“It was an early saying here [Massachusetts] that there were 'Roots enough to plant Hampshire County and Gunns enough to defend them.”
Edward Pearson Pressey, History of Montague; A Typical Puritan Town

Toba Beta
“Politics is always related to the history and genealogy.”
Toba Beta

Vivian LeMay
“He'd viewed the past like Uncle Joseph's grave, an empty hole without life, waiting to be filled in by him. It never occurred to him that Paradis, the Marais Foncé, or the ridge, existed before he had the eyes to see them, or that older people had once been young. Now his eyes were opened and he wanted to understand the past."
Jean Baptiste, The Last Lord of Paradise––Generation Two”
Vivian LeMay

C.J. Cherryh
“My name’s Elai, Ellai’s daughter, line of the first Cloud, the first Elly; of Pia, line of the first Jin when they made the world. And you’re on my land.”
C.J. Cherryh, Forty Thousand in Gehenna

“Rather than following a [genealogical] 'line', I find myself drawn to all the people I encounter, including those who, only by the most obtuse reckoning, can be thought of as relatives. Every life deserves telling; none is without drama and change.”
Alison Light

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