The importance of genealogy research

Man’s view of the future is connected with hope. A look into the past – with responsibility for yourself, for what you are. By collecting information about the ancestors, you become a genealogy researcher, connecting the past with the future.

According to the observation of Lyudmila Kuznetsova, candidate of historical sciences, the number of genealogical and biographical requests has increased over the past decades, which is largely due to a shift in interest from collective to individual, interest in the individual. On the other hand, the role played was also the opportunity to realize oneself when studying the pedigree of a certain community with a rich past.

This led to the current surge of interest in genealogy, in the history of individual families. Genealogy helps to cognize it, to search for information, accumulating knowledge about the historical formation and role of genera.

In Soviet times, to identify family ties in chronological order, to find out the biographical data of relatives was an unsafe occupation. Then they were afraid to acquaint their children with the history of the family, much was hidden from them, including expensive family heirlooms: photographs, royal orders, etc.

Academician Sigurd Schmidt, Chairman of the Union of Local History, correctly noted that all over the world, love for the native land is not really expressed in the declaration of patriotic slogans, but in people studying their genealogy.

“So it’s understandable, writes L. Kuznetsova, why the number of calls to the archive increases annually to restore the pedigree. If in 1991 the archive fulfilled 33 such requests, in 2000 – 76, then today their number has increased to 108. In total over the past 15 years, the archive has answered more than 800 genealogical and biographical requests”.

Any family, its family tree in one way or another reflects the history of the country.

Today, the focus of our common attention is mainly on beginning genealogy researchers. They are eager to build their beautiful “tree” of the family, which they love and want to be proud of. But how to tackle this attractive, but very unfamiliar thing?

A beginner’s genealogy, of course, first of all gets out of bedside tables, shelves of bookcases, and even suitcases, a pile of photographs, documents, diaries, letters. What a wealth! – He is surprised with a touch of bitterness. It is understandable: nowhere is this taught, and who will help?

He anxiously sorted out the yellowed papers and pictures, lovingly smoothed them and began sorting as if… In a word, he “studied.” I would never have thought that long-forgotten photographs, no one knew when and when letters were written, sticky certificates could give rise to such a passion for knowledge, such excitement.

Hurriedly writes out dates, names, signs pictures. What next? How to proceed further?

Remembering that his already aged aunt lives nearby, the newly-born “genealogy” hurries to her with a bundle of pieces of paper on which he scribbled unsystematically, but an elderly woman cannot understand anything from the notes made by him. And no one could! Whoever you come with this heap of papers asking to look for any documents and photographs at home will not cause him enthusiasm.

You need, if you want to look in the eyes of people as a serious researcher and achieve trust, sympathy, you need to know at least the basics of genealogy, some of its terms and principles of material processing. Let us not forget that genealogy for centuries has developed standards for processing information about kinship in the form of various tables, murals, dossiers, cards, defined specific rules for working with these documents.

Having decided to start a genealogical investigation, you begin the long thorny path of a researcher of the roots of your family, at the end of which a beautiful “Tree” will grow – a picture of the development of your family tree.


Good luck in finding.