Last week we asked you what sparked or inspired your interest in genealogy. We had 433 responses to our survey. Thank you.
The top survey responses were:
- 203 – a family member
- 179 – family stories about a parent, grandparent or other ancestor
- 119 – family photographs
- 116 – an interest in history
The total above exceeds the number of responses (as allowed), demonstrating that people were inspired by multiple sources. Some additional comments:
- I felt disconnected, I never knew my paternal grandparents as well as other family members and wanted to connect with them in some way and genealogy seemed a good place to start.
- Death of relatives and wanting to know more. A family bible that I inherited that was dated 1879 and I didn’t know the names except they were on my paternal side.
- Family Bible – seeing the names of my grandparents’ parents when I was 11 yrs old, spurred on by a love of history and research.
- a longing to know my ancestry
- the local paper had a family tree form after the airing of the TV show “Roots” in 1977. I realized I couldn’t fill in much, and so started talking to family.
- I went to Halifax’s Pier 21 and saw the words “A Canadian is an immigrant with seniority”. After I did the tour I wondered if any of my family members had entered Canada through Pier 21… had stood in that hall… had brought their life in a simple suitcase to a new land…
Complete survey results ARE AVAILABLE HERE . Thank you again to those who took the time to participate.
This week’s Survey asks “How many countries can you trace your ancestry to?” The survey will be open until midnight, Wednesday. CLICK HERE