Don’t let your genealogical legacy slip away—try these 10 ideas to document your life and
become the ancestor you always wished you had.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Simple enough question. We ask kids this all the time. While my childhood friends responded to curious grown-ups with “I want to be a fireman,” or “I want to be a nurse,” I chimed in with, “I want to be an ancestor.”
Maybe it was because I started climbing my ancestral tree when I was about 10, getting initiated into the world of pedigree charts and family skeletons in an old, spooky cemetery—every genealogist’s dream come true. That’s where I met my first real, live genealogist, who gave me an ancestor chart and instructed me on how to get started. Ever since that day, I think, I’ve been preparing for my ultimate fate: the day when I become an ancestor.