Basic Instincts
9/1/2004
Indulge your family history inclinations with this issue's advice and inspiration.

Did you pick up this magazine on impulse? Maybe you've always wondered about your family's history, and now you're finally caving in to curiosity. It's as if your ancestors were crying “Find me! Find me!” from the pages of this publication — you couldn't help but take a peek.

OK, your progenitors probably aren't prodding you quite so literally, but for many people, genealogy really does feel like a calling. Sometimes a specific event — the loss of a loved one, a child's school project — spurs us to look into the past. In other cases, the urge grows from a desire to understand ourselves, or to leave a legacy for future generations. Whatever your inspiration, we encourage you to trust your instincts.