Sometimes I worry if all the time I spend on genealogy really matters. When I am at the end of my life, will the late nights, weekends and vacation time I have devoted to genealogy truly have made any difference in the world? This last week I saw a few examples where I think genealogy has not only influenced how people see themselves, but where it is making a change in the present.
I have these same thoughts: without children of my own, who will really care about the research, writing and chronicling of my family's history. But then I remember: my cousins have children and we share a common ancestral line. This is my contribution, my legacy. And too, I believe every person in America has a story worth hearing. I can help others hear the stories of my family.