It was striking to me, as I found older and older relatives, that each of us is tied into world history.
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Is Ancestry Important to You?By Evan Nehring
Yes, I'm one of the techie early adapters who pounced on the new iPhone operating system iOS 7 the moment it came out on Wednesday. So far I'm giving it three thumbs up. The new look and all of the new functionalities are really great. Most of the apps have done overhauls as well, so it's really quite a new experience.
One of the apps I decided to tap into that I hadn't previously is ancestry.com. I grabbed the 14 day free trial and started digging around a little. On my dad's side I can't get back any farther than his grandparents. A bit frustrating. On my mom's side, I've found two separate chains that go all the way back to the 1670's. Wow!
|My 3rd Great Grandfather, Samuel Shier, Born in Limerick, Ireland, 1796. Grandma Ethel Gurr's Great Grandfather.|
I'm very curious what value all of you place on finding your ancestral relations. I'm a bit sensitive about this since all of my side of the family is up in Canada, a country away. It helps to know that borders do not erase family lines.
It was striking to me, as I found older and older relatives, that each of us is tied into world history. Somewhere in 1670's England, people made choices that led to the existence of Evan Nehring in the year 2013. And in a sense, through all of those intervening centuries, I was there. And those are just the ties I know about. All of our ancestral lines ultimately tie back together. We were there in the Middle Ages. We were there at the height of the Roman Empire. We were there, somewhere, during the reign of King David. We were there all the way back to creation.
I guess it leads me to think of how short our days are. We have just a few moments to make our big decisions, to make our impact. We are vital characters in the fast-moving chapters of the human story.
God gives us choices each day that are filled with possibility to change the world. I will honor my creator and my redeemer with my life.
Comments are Always Welcome...Please help me wrap my brain around this ancestry thing. Is it important to you?
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