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Family Histories and Research
Family Histories & Records

  • Family histories are important to individuals, families and society.  They help us learn from the strengths and experiences of our ancestors, enabling us to better cope with our own trials today.

  • "Research shows that children who know where they came from are more resilient, according to research.  They are able to handle problems, do better in school and better socially, because they know they are part of something larger than themselves," said Helen Jackson Graham, English professor.  Helen is the Houston area Freedmen's Bureau coordinator, and has 20 years of experience in African American genealogical research.  Nurture the interest and collaboration of genealogical and family history research.  Linking to other families sometimes brings you right back around to your own family.  Help them recover their historical memory.  Help them recognize they are part of one human family.  Help them discover who they are, where they came from, discover their family stories, and to feel connected and bound to their families through generations.  (Source: "Reuniting the Black Family:  Volunteers Index Freedmen's Bureau Records," by Linda Talbot, LDS Church News, November 4, 2015)

  • Children with learning disabilities who know a lot about their families tend to do better when they face challenges."  (Source:  "The Stories That Bind Us," by Sara Duke (psychologist who works with children with learning disabilities), The New York Times, March 2013)  

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  • Children who are best able to handle stress, according to research, are those who know the most about their family's history.  Family history can bring an understanding of common backgrounds, experiences and interests.  As children, grandchildren and descendants hear about the past, they are more able to meet the future.