“Below are some of the main practical triggers as to why people search for their Ancestors:

  • Validate Family Stories – To determine if family stories about their ancestors are true.
  • Famous People – To find out if they are related to someone famous.
  • Historical Event – To gain a better understanding of an ancestor’s involvement in a famous historical event.
  • Trace Medical Conditions – To assess the risk of getting certain medical conditions that run in families.
  • Trace a Family Inheritance – To determine genealogical proof of a family connection for potential heirs.
  • Trace Land Ownership – To settle questions of land ownership by providing proof of descent.
  • Trace a Family Portrait – To see why someone bears a strong resemblance to an ancestor in an old family portrait.
  • Find Birth Parents – To determine the birth parents of an adopted child.
  • Proof of Paternity – to determine the biological father of a child.
  • Religious Tenet – To satisfy the tenets of the religion. The most notable example is the Mormon Church (Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
  • Community History – To document a community history by understanding the families that founded and influenced the community.
  • Historic Studies – To provide insight into history through the scholarly study of a famous family, such as a royal family.
  • Heritage Societies – To provide proof of lineage to qualify for a heritage society.
  • Preserve a Close Relative’s Legacy – To learn more about a parent, grandparent or sibling after their death.
  • Preserving Family Traditions – To preserve family knowledge of ancestors who contributed to a family traditions, such as a family recipe book.
  • Preserve Family Culture – To allow families that have migrated to another country the opportunity to preserve some of the culture of their old country.
  • Resolving Family Trees in Bibles – To understand the names written into an old family bible.
  • Understand Family Letters/Diaries – To gain context around an intimate glimpse into an ancestor’s experiences and feelings.
  • Understand a Namesake – To learn more about the person you were named after.
  • Settle Ownership of an Heirloom – To help resolve disputes over the origin of a family heirloom.
  • Reconnect with Family –  To find and reconnect with living relatives.
  • Family Legacy – To fulfill a desire to pass on a legacy to future generations.”

*Source: Why genealogy is important – http://wwwgenealogyintime.com/index.html *


If you have any of the above questions or some that are not listed, volunteer genealogy docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) will be at the Dublin Library THIS SATURDAY in the Group Study Room to assist you with your questions.  The Discover Genealogy @ the Dublin Library is free and all ages are invited!  Here is some more information as follows:

Bring whatever information may be available regarding the city, town, or where your grandparents lived in the years 1920, 1930, and/or 1940. if you have a flash drive, please bring it to save found documents.


October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252
Location: DUBLIN BRANCH – Get Directions