About Family History FAQs


Family history is more than filling in names, dates, and places on pedigree charts and family group sheets. Knowing your ancestors and understanding the lives they lived is essential to knowing who you are and understanding why you are the way you are.

Research attempts to answer the who, what, when, and where of our ancestors’ lives. Writing answers why. Writing puts flesh on the bones of research.

Assessment of what you know about your family is the beginning of research. It reveals facts and missing pieces. Research continues with filling in the gaps. The path of discovery exposes doubts, fears, surprises, and questions. Discovery gives joy and offers validation.

Please join Dennis I. VanderWerff, Ph.D., for an extraordinary journey not only to uncover heritage, but to shape obscure shards of history into a living legacy for you and for those who follow.