Genealogy Quotes

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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

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

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

Amit Kalantri
“In your name, the family name is at last because it's the family name that lasts.”
Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

Stephen Robert Kuta
“We are just stars in our family's constellation”
Stephen Robert Kuta

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

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

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
“All of our ancestors give us the precious gift of life. Do we use it wisely? Do we use it well? Do we make a name for ourselves and for our children of which we can be proud?”
Laurence Overmire, A Revolutionary American Family: The McDonalds of Somerset County, New Jersey

“How can we know where we are going if we don’t know where we came from?”
Becky Williamson-Martin

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“How many stories are there that have been lived, but will never be told? Far too many for me to squander the one that I’m living.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

“The family historian must master the art of storytelling. What, after all, is truth without anecdote, history without events, explanation without narration--or yet life itself without a story? Stories are not just the wells from which we drink most deeply but at the same time the golden threads that hold and bind--Ariadne's precious string that leads us through the labyrinth that connects living present and the living past.”
Joseph A. Amato, Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History

Sarah Blake
“Wars, plagues, names upon tombs tell us only what happened. But history lies in the cracks in between. In the inexplicable, invisible turns and decisions. A person saying no instead of yes. …It is not that they had lived…but how.”
Sarah Blake, The Guest Book

Buzzy Jackson
“Genealogists: they're just grad students without the Pell Grant funding or a degree waiting for them at the end.”
Buzzy Jackson, Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist

Elle Newmark
“I leaned back against the hearth, and the fire's warmth and fluttering light lulled me into gentler thoughts of Francesca. I closed my eyes and saw the beloved face dominated by wide-set antelope eyes. Her eyebrows arched like the wings of a swan, and the whites of her eyes, almost bluish, made a startling contrast to her caramel skin. I later learned that her great-great-grandmother had been kidnapped by slavers in Turkey, brought to Venice, and then sold to a German trader. It was a common story in Venice. Francesca's more recent ancestors had been German and Italian, and the result was a mix of northern ice and Mediterranean warmth.
Francesca's upper lip curved in that sensual way that caused jealous Muslim husbands to veil their wives' faces. Her smoldering Levantine beauty contrasted with her silver-blond Teutonic hair, shockingly fair next to her dusky complexion and the sultry hint of Byzantium flashing in her dark eyes. Her nostrils were shaped like perfect teardrops.”
Elle Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief

Wallace Stegner
“…the understanding of any person is an exercise in genealogy. A man is not a static organism to be taken apart and analyzed and classified. A man is movement, motion, a continuum. There is no beginning to him. He runs through his ancestors, and the only beginning is the primal beginning of the single cell in the slime. The proper study of mankind is man, but man is an endless curve on the eternal graph paper, and who can see the whole curve?”
Wallace Stegner, The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Russell M. Nelson
“In addition to time with family, you can experience true delight on the Sabbath from family history work. Searching for and finding family members who have preceded you on earth—those who did not have an opportunity to accept the gospel while here—can bring immense joy.”
Russell M. Nelson, Accomplishing the Impossible: What God Does, What We Can Do

Stephen Robert Kuta
“We are the accumulation of the dreams of generations”
Stephen Robert Kuta

“Woven of fad and fancy, commerce and technology, war and revolution, freedom and necessity, our individual histories testify to the singular but crooked paths along which we traveled to the present.”
Joseph A. Amato, Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History

“My annual pilgrimages to the dead involve a good deal of talking to myself (which serves as my principal internal gyroscope) and increasingly confirm that the older I get the more the dead take hold of me. I like the notion that my heart is a temple of memory in which they intermittently reside. I feel compelled, in some way or other, to complete their lives, to honor their gifts and sacrifices.”
Joseph A. Amato, Jacob's Well: A Case for Rethinking Family History

Robert Drewe
“Spending her eighties in constant thrall to findmypast.com, familyhistory.net.au, yesterdaygeneaology.com and ancestor.com, Aunty Eily had tracked down the 1850s address of Conor Cleary’s father Daniel and mother Maureen to 28 New Way, Templemore. The street still existed and the Avis car’s GPS took Ryan there. Pg 248”
Robert Drewe, Whipbird

Buzzy Jackson
“I was once again struck by the key to genealogy: stick-to-itiveness. Yes, it takes creative thinking and knowledge of available resources, etc., but basically it takes a willingness to just keep at it and never give up. Being an optimistic idiot helps.”
Buzzy Jackson, Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist

Arlene Stafford-Wilson
“Unable to record their stories, they told tales of bravery and battles, around blazing fires, and sang songs about bountiful harvests and village heroes as they went about their daily work. These stories and songs were passed down from generation to generation, preserving their history, keeping memories alive.”
Arlene Stafford-Wilson, Lanark County Calling: All Roads Lead Home

Laurence Overmire
“DNA opens an even more mysterious door to understanding the human condition: all of our ancestors live within each one of us whether we are aware of it or not.”
Laurence Overmire, The One Idea That Saves The World: A Message of Hope in a Time of Crisis

Buzzy Jackson
“Irish genealogy is easy,' Grenham reassured us 'given the fact that so much of it was blown up.”
Buzzy Jackson, Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist

Mari Collier
“This time their kiss would last for generations.”
Mari Collier, Thalia and Earth

“Enjoy Your Journey
One Word At A Time
Capturing The Moment Given On The Page”
Carol Fuller @ Piedmont Trails

“I've been waiting a long time for this. Hi ... I'm your Aunt Cassie.”
Craig Harris, Memoirs of an Adoptee: One person's DNA discoveries, reflections and insights

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