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Published on Apr 19, 2019
Every time period and every family has its traditions. Often, the two mix. Sometimes, they are separate. They are all important to our understanding of our families and our heritage. That is why they should be preserved. Part of your genealogical research should always be to find out about the traditions of the times in which your ancestors lived, and any special family traditions, and then record them for posterity. If you don’t, these important historical details may be lost, and our understanding of our families and of the past may suffer because of it. This is your genealogical responsibility.
The good news is that it is fun to learn about traditions from the past. The traditions we celebrate as a society and as individual families today have changed from practices that may have been far different from what we know now. Tracing the traditions of such holidays as Easter and Christmas, for example, shows how they started, the way they changed with the times, and the way they got to be what they are today. Knowing these things helps us understand the world in which our ancestors lived much better, and gives us a stronger idea of what kind of people they were, as well as what their beliefs and values most likely were. These are rich and important details to add to any family history and are particularly important if you are turning a family history into historical fiction. Even if you’re writing nonfiction, details on traditions can flesh out the book and make the people in it more real to your audience...