Today 12 March is Genealogy Day – a day to think about your family tree and your roots. It’s a bit of a busy day because its also ( among other things) National Alfred Hitchcock Day and National Girl Scout Day acknowledging the creation of the first girl scout group in Savannah Georgia in 1912.
Genealogy has been around for thousands of years. It’s hugely important to royalty because one has to know who is of royal lineage and who is not and who has the right to rule what geographical area. And in a way its hugely important to all of us. While I have not been that into my family tree, when other members of the clan do their research I turn on a sixpence and eagerly devour their findings. Every family has its triumphs, heroes, villains and secrets and our family has it in spades. You could not make this stuff up.
Genealogy Day was created in 2013, by Christ Church, United Presbyterian and Methodist in Limerick, Ireland to celebrate the church’s 200th anniversary. The day proved proved so popular that it became an annual event and has inspired many people to take a look into their family tree. Of course as anyone who has seen the Book of Mormon (I’ve seen it twice and it’s coming to Melbourne!!!) can attest, the big players in the genealogy space are the Mormons who trace their family trees to find the names of ancestors who died without learning about the restored Mormon Gospel. They who can then be baptised by proxy in the temple. For these Latter-day Saints, genealogy is a way to save more souls and strengthen the eternal family unit.
My motifs are far less grand. The wrap today features a family tree pattern on natural paper – a bit of a different look me as I generally gravitate towards kraft. I like the heart diagram motif and have picked that up in the wooden heart gift tag. Hint on the wooden tags…use a ball point pen not a felt pen or sharpie because the later bleed.