When I hear the word genealogy the first thing that comes to mind is my grandma. She was so in to genealogy, and I never understood why. What’s the big deal? And why are so many people getting into genealogy these days? The peak of interest in researching our ancestors is largely in part because of the website Ancestry.com. They have made doing research at home so easy, with vital records right at our fingertips. They also produce the television show “Who Do You Think You Are?” Celebrities trace their ancestors with the help of experts to uncover information that was unknown to their family. The discovery of family members who paved the way for them to be where they are today fills them with such gratitude. It is a moving program that shows a certain reverence for ancestors whether they were good or bad. We, the viewer, can feel empathy for their struggles and what led them to be whom they were. This gets us thinking about our own ancestors and wondering what we might uncover with a little effort. As we become older and gain maturity in our own lives we can appreciate the struggles that our forbearers had to go through just to live every day. Genealogy has a way of forcing us to see our lives in a different light and be grateful for the time in which we live. So, to answer the question…what’s the big deal?…well, we all come from people who were very real and lived very real lives. They were part of this world, and they helped make it what it is today. They did it for us and they are part of us.