9 Tips for Getting Started on Writing Your Family History
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Written by Diane Haddad, unless otherwise noted.
Once you’ve been doing genealogy research for a while, and you have a family tree or a computer hard drive or a filing cabinet with a bunch of notes and old records, you might wonder what to do with it all. Or perhaps you’ve always harbored the dream of sharing your family history, and you’re not sure how.
It’s a hard truth: Few people have much use for an unstructured assortment of documents and computer files. Even folks who are curious about their family history—and that describes most I’ve met—aren’t likely to sort through your research and rebuild the store of knowledge you’ve amassed over years.
If your family research is to live beyond you, you’ll need to do the work of putting it into some shareable, lasting form. That usually means summarizing your finds in writing, maybe enhanced with photos and images of interesting documents. Whether you go all-out with a self-published hardback or just pass out stapled pages at the next family reunion, you’ll create a legacy—a framework others can use to understand your family’s story and the genealogical evidence you’ve gathered.
We can’t promise the project will be a breeze, but we can promise it’ll be easier when you follow these tips and use our handy organizing worksheet.
1. Know Your Purpose
Before you begin, it’s important to know what you hope to accomplish with this writing project. Do you want to summarize all your research, share your family legacy, pass down the stories Grandpa told, tell how your family fits into local history, share the story of an ancestor or family you admire, celebrate your ethnic heritage, or something else?
A strong focus makes the project more manageable, says Sunny Jane Morton, author of Story of My Life . “A small, finished project is better than a three-volume tome that exists only in your dreams.”
Need help narrowing the scope? Morton advises looking at your research for the most compelling story or interesting person. Author Sophia Wilson, who penned an 160,000-word history of her family, started her project by writing as many family stories as she could think of, then turning them into short biographies of the people involved. She wrote every day for at least 15 minutes, but sometimes for hours at a time. Taken together, those biographies served as the starting point for her project.
Alternately, you could choose a topic that commemorates an upcoming family milestone, such as your parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Or you might start with whatever is most doable.
Your audience is an important aspect of your goal. For a project just family will see, you might use a casual writing style, refer to relatives with familiar titles (“Great-grandpa Thornton”), and use in-text source information. If other genealogists will read your work in a newsletter, journal or published book, you’ll want a more authoritative style with an emphasis on your research process, and formal source citations in footnotes and source lists.
Think about your audience’s age (or level of maturity), too. Wilson recalls how her research turned up stories that might not be appropriate to a younger audience. “Instead of shifting the focus of my book, I decided that children could simply read the unvarnished truth once they were mature enough,” Wilson says. “Age-appropriate stories could be extracted and adapted for a younger audience, for whom I would also write at a lower reading level.”
“I kept coming back to what I wanted the project to accomplish (preserving and sharing memories for the younger generation) and letting that guide my decisions,” she says.
2. Make a Plan
An outline gives you a framework for building your project, especially if it involves multiple people or a long time span. Make a list of elements you want to include. Don’t worry about organizing the list yet.
Here’s an example for my maternal family history opus:
- a family tree of Mom’s family
- information about the places the family came from with a map, including why so many immigrated from each place
- names and immigration details of all the immigrant ancestors: Henry Seeger, Eduard Thoss, Mary Mairose, Thomas Frost, Edward Norris, Elizabeth Butler, Henry Hoernemann, Anna Maria Weyer, and so on.
- where these families settled in the United States, their jobs and their children
- Eduard Thoss tavern in Northern Kentucky
- info on Cincinnati Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, where so many settled
- Dierkes boys in family cemetery plot
- Henry Seeger’s cigar store, with photos and timeline, and two babies who died as infants
- Thomas Frost/Mary Wolking divorce
- Ade Thoss and the Covington Blue Sox
- possible family connection to Windthorst, Kan.
- death of Elizabeth Teipel Thoss and several of her children
- Benjamin Teipel trap-shooting invention and death
- Civil War service of Frank and Benjamin Thoss
- firefighter Raymond Norris and Newton Tea & Spice Co. Fire
- how Grandma and Grandpa met
Your list might cause you to rethink your project scope. For example, I’m seeing that I could divide up my project by family branches, breaking it down into smaller parts (and this is only part of my list).
When you know the topics you want to cover, arrange them in an order that makes sense to you. You could do chronological order, geographical order (group all information related to Germany, all immigration information, all second generation information), family branches one at a time, or some other arrangement. You could opt for a general overview then add several shorter profiles of specific ancestors or families.
Wilson shares how she thought about structure while planning her project:
One option would be maintaining individual biographies, organized in the book by birth year, generation or location. Or I could combine all biographies into a single narrative chronology, or even organize the stories by theme (women, farming, culture, etc.). I opted for the most straightforward and comprehensive order: chronological. With this approach, I gained a deeper understanding of how my ancestors’ lives developed over time, and how one event flowed into another.
Next, create an outline by organizing topics into sections or chapters. Read published family histories for examples. One of my favorites is Family by Ian Frazier.
3. Say It with Pictures
Pictures and graphs will engage your readers, help them follow complicated lineages and show what you’re talking about. “Plan as you go which pictures, documents, maps, charts and genealogical reports will best illustrate your narrative,” Morton advises.
Depending how many photos and documents you’ve found, you’ll want to winnow the options to those from key moments in your family history, selecting those that will reproduce well in the finished product. Consider adding transcriptions for hard-to-read or foreign-language documents.
Keep copyright in mind. If you plan to publish your work (including on a website), get permission from the copyright holder or owner of any images you didn’t create or that aren’t in your personal collection. For a quick read about understanding copyright laws, check out this article .
4. Get Organized and Utilize Apps
Now you’re ready to write. As you work, go over your records for families and people you’re writing about. Wilson developed a filing system that automatically sorted documents by individual. “I created a separate document for every event so I could easily insert new findings, titling each with the event, the date and the location,” she says. “I then grouped the documents into folders, one folder for each year.”
To help you organize source references, add in-text references with the title, author and page or record number in parentheses when you use information from a record, article, book or website. Also create a bibliography of sources as you go. This should include everything needed to find that source again: title, author, publisher or creator (such as the National Archives), publication date and place, website, etc.
Later, when your project is mostly complete, you can keep the in-text references, or number the references and create footnotes (short-form citations at the bottom of the page) or end notes (short-form citations at the end of a chapter). Include the bibliography at the end of your work. For help with source citations, use the book Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Genealogical Publishing Co.).
You might have a writing head start if you can pull together blog posts or short essays you’ve already written about your family history. Your genealogy software or online tree might offer a timeline you can follow, or even generate a narrative report for you. For an ambitious project or if you do a lot of writing, you might invest in software such as Scrivener . Additionally, writing apps can help you create an outline, organize and edit your story.
Read: How to Create a Genealogy Source Citation
5. Generate Ideas through Prompts and Research
If you’re still having trouble knowing what to write, try answering the family history writing prompts in a book such as Stories From My Grandparent or from Family Tree Magazine . These will help you flesh out ideas and take your family stories in new directions.
Revisit your research for story ideas, and let what you find in documents inspire you. Wilson consulted books (both digital and physical) about her ancestors’ location and ethnic group, as well as documents on genealogy websites like Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com. One book on Ancestry.com contained all the church records for her ancestors, some written by her great-great-great-grandfather’s best friend.
Wilson also revisited local histories and newspapers she had found early in her project. “Now that I was further in my research, I recognized more names and better understood the relationships among them,” she says. “People I had dismissed as “townsfolk” turned out to be in-laws and close friends of my lineal ancestors.”
6. Seek Out Help
Look for writers’ groups and classes in your community. From online groups to friends and family members, having a community you can rely on for feedback and encouragement is essential.
Reaching out can also lead to new research finds, important for sourcing the details in your stories. Wilson connected with other family historians, as well as genealogical societies and libraries (who scanned entire chapters of reference books for her to consult). One cousin-in-law even sent her photos and a relevant family keepsake they found on eBay.
7. Begin in the Middle
Don’t let the “how to start” roadblock stall your project right out of the gate. If you don’t know how to begin, just start writing a story you like—maybe it’s about an ancestor’s immigration, military service or venture to the wrong side of the law. The words will flow from there.
“My goal wasn’t perfection, just to get memories on the page,” Wilson says about her first step of writing family biographies. “I didn’t waste time checking spelling and grammar—that would come later.” An interesting or dramatic event is often the best way to begin a story, anyway. Remember, you’re not carving in stone: You can always rearrange things later.
8. Write Naturally
If you’re writing for relatives, pretend you’re telling your family story to a friend. If you’re writing for a publication, tailor your work to that publication’s style.
Wilson had to wrestle with how to balance facts she found in her research with storytelling. “I thought of how much I hated history class growing up—all those names-places-dates to memorize, and no story to latch onto,” Wilson says. “I resolved to … strive for historical accuracy without resorting to the dry tone of a textbook.”
9. Take Your Time
A deadline can motivate you, but give yourself plenty of time. You want this project to add fulfillment to your family research, not cause stress. Start now and work on your writing project a little at a time, once a week or every evening if you can manage it. Imagine where you’ll be a year from now.
A version of this article appeared in the December 2018 issue of Family Tree Magazine , written by Diane Haddad. Sophia Wilson’s article on the steps she took to write her family history narrative appeared in the March/April 2022 issue of Family Tree Magazine .
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Have you been trying to find a way to share your family history research with others, but don’t know where to start?
Genealogy and writing go hand-in-hand, and there are many ways to express and organize your family tree discoveries on paper!
This article will introduce and compare several different types of genealogy writing projects, provide some important tips, and include a list of helpful references to learn how to write a family history.
Why you should start writing now
There are numerous benefits to organizing your research findings through a writing project. Writing allows you to share your discoveries with family and friends. Other genealogists and enthusiasts may enjoy reading your work, or find value for their own brick wall research. Writing down your findings allows you to organize your thoughts and preserve your family history for future generations.
Writing is a natural part of the research process and is an excellent way to sharpen your skills. It can help you notice unresolved conflicts- for example, a birth or death date for an ancestor not matching between two particular records. Writing can help reveal holes in your research- for example, you may realize that you never located a marriage record for a particular couple. It also helps pinpoint unsourced facts- pieces of information that have no source attached to them, or you cannot recall where you located that information. Logging your sources and citing facts are critical components of genealogical writing and analysis.
When drawing a conclusion about an ancestor based on your research, writing down what you know can also reveal whether you have enough evidence to support that conclusion. Did you base your assumption on information found in one source, or by studying and comparing several sources? Genealogy writing projects can help hone your analysis skills and strengthen your research abilities.
Who is the audience?
When defining the “audience” for a writing project, consider who would be most likely to enjoy reading your work or find value in it. Many genealogists choose to write family history narratives to share with family members and friends, or to inform the larger genealogical community about their work. More experienced genealogists often create case studies or proof arguments for peer review, and to help teach others about their successful research methods. Writing options such as research logs and detailed reports are usually intended for the researcher’s use or for a more limited audience.
Make sure your writing is clear and understandable, so that the reader can follow your research process step-by-step. Your family narrative must has a linear flow so the reader can follow the story. Starting with an outline can help the writing process, and having a fellow family history peer (or two) proofread your work and offer feedback is highly encouraged.
It is important to use citations in any writing project. Citations help the writer keep track of their research sources, and they help the reader understand where and how the writer gathered their information. Citations lend credibility to your work. Creating citations and footnotes may seem like an overwhelming task, but once you learn the process for creating citations, they will soon become second nature. Family historians that are ready to create their own writing projects should obtain a copy of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Evidence Explained is the go-to citation reference for professional genealogists, providing citation formats for dozens of different types of sources- from old, archived letters and manuscripts to websites and blogs. Another excellent guide is Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Tomas W. Jones. Dr. Jones breaks down the citation and documentation process in an easy-to-follow workbook that provides numerous skill-building exercises.
Types of genealogical writing projects
Next, we’ll compare several different types of family history writing projects, their uses, and how they can help your research.
First, a quick note about family tree software.
Although some family tree software programs can generate a report based on the information you input into your family tree, this type of automated data is not considered a written genealogical report. The software cannot compare evidence and draw informed conclusions; this “human” element of analysis is required to create a quality report. However, family tree software reports can be useful as a reference tool when compiling data and sources for a writing project.
Family histories and sketches
What are they – The most popular option for genealogical writing, family histories and sketches can be narrow, focusing on one ancestor’s life- or they can be broad, focusing on an entire branch of a family. Family histories can be very detailed, citing exact names and dates and tracking an ancestor’s appearance in records over a lifetime- or sketches can be a study of an ancestor or family during a particular event or period of time.
Audience – Family histories are intended to be shared with family members or other researchers. They can be published in genealogical publications and magazines as well. Family historians love to hear interesting stories about others’ ancestors- don’t be afraid to submit your family story to your local genealogical society’s journal or magazine!
When and Why to write them- Family histories are a great option for newer family historians as they are easier to write, and can be expanded as you discover new facts. Family histories can be one of the more creative forms of genealogical writing, as you can include all of the interesting facts about an ancestor’s life. The researcher’s methodology and analysis is not usually included in a family history- the writing should only focus on the family/ancestor. Family histories are a great way to preserve your ancestor’s story and dive into the world of genealogical writing!
What are they- Research logs are incredibly helpful, as they help keep track of where you have researched and what you found. Logs help you avoid duplicating research and aid in planning future searches, whether online or at a repository. Research logs are not intended to be a finished, polished product; they are used as a reference and tracking tool.
Audience- Usually only for the researcher, unless you are doing research for someone else- in which case you should be logging your work to include as part of a research report.
When and Why to write them- It is a good habit to utilize a research log anytime you are conducting research. Logs can help you make the most of your research time, and they are also valuable as a quick reference when creating citations. Logs can be as simple as a spreadsheet listing the date, where you went, and the results you found- or you can find links to many various and customizable research logs and forms on the FamilySearch Wiki .
What are they- The goal of a research report is to answer a specific genealogical research question. Finished reports provide a summary of the research conducted, a list of sources used, and recommendations for additional research. Research reports are most often used by professional genealogists as a finished product for their clients, but they can be helpful for the genealogist’s own research goals as well.
Audience – Reports are usually intended for a select person or group, and they should be a neat, finished product. Sources should be presented in a bibliography, and facts stated in the summary should be cited. Reports created just for personal use should also be neatly written, to help you easily reference past research and gather thoughts and ideas for future research.
When and Why to write them – Reports are always a good option when conducting research for others who just want a particular question answered- for example, when and where a particular couple married. Research reports “stick to the facts” and do not usually provide a lot of narrative or speculative details. For those that are wary of taking on a broader family history narrative, a research report that focuses on a particular fact of an ancestor’s life may be a great option.
Proof arguments & proof summaries
What are they- Proof arguments and proof summaries are written by genealogists to help support their conclusions about a specific ancestral fact.Proofs focus on the analysis and methodology aspect of genealogical research, not on the ancestor’s life narrative. Proofs help to demonstrate that the genealogist conducted thorough and sound research, which is part of the Genealogical Proof Standard- the process followed by professional genealogists to reach a sound research conclusion.
A proof summary is used when there is no conflicting evidence- for example, all sources found state that James White was born on 9 September 1760 in Groton, Connecticut. The genealogist will create a summary about the type of sources they located, the information provided within, and how they analyzed the evidence to conclude that this birth date is correct.
A proof argument is used when a genealogist finds conflicting evidence for a particular fact, and they must then “prove” that their conclusion is correct. For example, some sources state that James White was born 9 September 1760 in Groton Connecticut, but other sources state that he was born 29 September 1768. The “conflicting” evidence must be resolved- for example, was there a typo repeated in several sources? Was handwriting mis-read by a transcriber? Was some of the information secondhand or not reliable? The genealogist must provide a detailed analysis to defend their conclusion.
Audience – Proof summaries and arguments are an advanced form of genealogical writing, and require a thorough understanding of genealogical research and analysis. Proof arguments are often published in scholarly magazines such as the National Genealogical Society Quarterly so that other professionals can review and learn from the work. Writing proofs can be excellent practice for family historians so that they can better understand the analysis process and learn how to look more closely at genealogical clues.
When and Why to write them- Proof arguments are an excellent option when you stumble upon conflicting evidence and need to break down the information for further study. When all sources agree, proof summaries can help you move through the evidence step-by-step to ensure that no important information was missed. An excellent reference to learn about genealogical analysis is Mastering Genealogical Proof by Thomas W. Jones. Similar to Mastering Genealogical Documentation, this workbook provides work study examples and plenty of writing exercises, to help the reader grasp the components of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
What are they- Think of them as a family sketch and proof summary/argument combined. Case studies are narratives with a purpose- they demonstrate how a genealogist overcame a brick wall. Case studies are very helpful as a learning tool for others who may be stuck in a similar situation with their own research.
Audience- Case studies are intended to be teaching articles for others to read and learn. As such, they should be well polished, well analyzed, and include citations. It is recommended that other genealogists proofread your work to make sure that the article is easy to follow and the research process is accurate- you want to make sure that readers can retrace your steps.
When and why to write them- Case studies are often written by seasoned professionals to demonstrate how a particularly difficult case was solved, and are often published in genealogical magazines and journals. Genealogical speakers often use case studies in their lectures as well. One thing most genealogists enjoy is sharing their discoveries to help others!
- Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (Third Edition), published by Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015
- Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation , published by National Genealogical Society, 2017
- Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof, published by National Genealogical Society, 2013
- “How to Write a Genealogy Research Report,” Family Tree Magazine
- The Board for Certification of Genealogists provides many excellent, professionally-written genealogical writing examples on their website, including research reports, case studies, and family histories.
Writing is a terrific option for genealogy professionals and hobbyists alike- and anyone can write! Don’t be afraid to start writing today to preserve your unique family story for future generations!
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I have a very diverse ethnic background. As a result of this, I have been influenced by multiple cultures, been given me the chance to see multiple ways of living. I am Swedish, Chinese, German, and African American. To be exact about percentages, I am half Caucasian, a quarter Chinese, and a quarter African American. My father is half Chinese, half Swedish, and my mother is half German, and half African American. Like the main character in the example story, I feel a little bit out of place sometimes because the color of my skin suggests that I am just Caucasian and nothing else. Most of my other family members look different from me. Also like the character from the story, I have learned that it is not about how you look on the outside, but about your culture on the inside. I have learned to not let people’s thoughts and opinions affect and shape me as a person.
An object that I believe represents one of my cultures is chopsticks. It is a little bit of a weird item, but I am a quarter Chinese, and chopsticks are a big part of Chinese culture. My parents have owned two restaurants. One of them was a Chinese restaurant. I grew up eating a lot of Chinese food, and because of this, it is one of my favorite things to eat. I have always loved Chinese food, and my favorite is called Dim Sum. it consists of a lot of dumplings and bows, which I personally find to be delectable. When I was first learning how to use chopsticks, like many people I was not very good at it. I actually have a memory from when I was younger about chopsticks:I was eating sushi with my chopsticks and I accidentally dropped the sushi into the soy sauce. From the impact, several drops of soy sauce flew into the air and unfortunately landed on my white shirt. It did not turn out well for the shirt, but it was still a fond memory for me of eating sushi with my family.
I have also noticed that the culture seems to vary based on where you live. For example, I moved out here to Hawaii a short time ago, back in early June. I have not been out here for very long, but I have already noticed some big cultural differences between Hawaii, and where I had previously lived my whole life in the San Francisco Bay Area. Obviously they are very different because my previous hometown was a very urban area, and I now live in an area that is much more rural.
It seemed as if people in the Bay Area were more judgmental about things, whereas people out here seem to be a bit chiller. It also seems that where I am now in Hawaii, people seem to be less concerned by how much money you have, and the families appear to be closer and more tightly bonded. I do believe that this has to do with the fact that before I lived in the city, and now I live in the country. This shows that there are big cultural differences based on where you live. I have been influenced and affected by many different cultures in my lifetime. I have experienced new cultures since moving here to the beautiful state of Oahu, and I believe that all of these cultural experiences throughout my life have shaped who I am as a person today.
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Writing a family history may seem like a daunting task, but when the relatives start nagging, you can follow these five easy steps to make your family history project a reality.
What do you envision for your family history project? A simple photocopied booklet shared only with family members or a full-scale, hard-bound book to serve as a reference for other genealogists? Perhaps you'd rather produce a family newsletter, cookbook, or website. Now is the time to be honest with yourself about the type of family history that meetings your needs and your schedule. Otherwise, you'll have a half-finished product nagging you for years to come.
Considering your interests, potential audience, and the types of materials you have to work with, here are some forms your family history can take:
- Memoir/Narrative: A combination of story and personal experience, memoirs, and narratives do not need to be all-inclusive or objective. Memoirs usually focus on a specific episode or time period in the life of a single ancestor, while a narrative generally encompasses a group of ancestors.
- Cookbook: Share your family's favorite recipes while writing about the people who created them. A fun project to assemble, cookbooks help carry on the family tradition of cooking and eating together.
- Scrapbook or Album: If you're fortunate enough to have a large collection of family photos and memorabilia, a scrapbook or photo album can be a fun way to tell your family's story. Include your photos in chronological order and include stories, descriptions, and family trees to complement the pictures.
Most family histories are generally narrative in nature, with a combination of personal stories, photos, and family trees.
Do you intend to write mostly about just one particular relative, or everyone in your family tree ? As the author, you need to choose a focus for your family history book. Some possibilities include:
- Single Line of Descent: Begin with the earliest known ancestor for a particular surname and follows him/her through a single line of descent (to yourself, for example). Each chapter of your book would cover one ancestor or generation.
- All Descendants Of...: Begin with an individual or couple and cover all of their descendants, with chapters organized by generation. If you're focusing your family history on an immigrant ancestor, this is a good way to go.
- Grandparents: Include a section on each of your four grandparents, or eight great-grandparents, or sixteen great-great-grandparents if you are feeling ambitious. Each individual section should focus on one grandparent and work backward through their ancestry or forward from his/her earliest known ancestor.
Again, these suggestions can easily be adapted to fit your interests, time constraints, and creativity.
Even though you'll likely find yourself scrambling to meet them, deadlines force you to complete each stage of your project. The goal here is to get each piece done within a specified time frame. Revising and polishing can always be done later. The best way to meet these deadlines is to schedule writing time, just as you would a visit to the doctor or the hairdresser.
Choose a Plot and Themes
Thinking of your ancestors as characters in your family story, ask yourself: what problems and obstacles did they face? A plot gives your family history interest and focus. Popular family history plots and themes include:
- Rags to Riches
- Pioneer or Farm Life
- War Survival
If you want your family history to read more like a suspense novel than a dull, dry textbook, it is important to make the reader feel like an eyewitness to your family's life. Even when your ancestors didn't leave accounts of their daily lives, social histories can help you learn about the experiences of people in a given time and place. Read town and city histories to learn what life was life during certain periods of interest. Research timelines of wars, natural disasters, and epidemics to see if any might have influenced your ancestors. Read up on the fashions, art, transportation, and common foods of the time. If you haven't already, be sure to interview all of your living relatives. Family stories told in a relative's own words will add a personal touch to your book.
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Photos, pedigree charts, maps, and other illustrations can also add interest to family history and help break up the writing into manageable chunks for the reader. Be sure to include detailed captions for any photos or illustrations that you incorporate.
Source citations are an essential part of any family book, to both provide credibility to your research, and to leave a trail that others can follow to verify your findings.
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How to Write an Essay About My Family History
A family comprises of people living together that form a social group within a community. The people creating this group are subject to relationships either by birth or blood, and it comprises at least two adults as parents and grandparents, together with young children. The family members have a mutual connection between them. Therefore, an essay about family history is a synopsis of an individual's social identity and the reciprocal relationship(s) he/she shares with the people living together. Learning family history is vital to understand our social status, humanity, and diversity. History keeps our memories for generations to understand who they are and their geographic origin. Having a good knowledge of family background lets you appreciate the things or sacrifices made before by grandparents to experience better things in life. An individual's roots and origin bring a sense of self-discovery. Also, writing about your family history is one way of preserving its heritage for future generations.
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When writing an essay, there is a logical structure you must follow in giving out your arguments. A proper outline will produce an exciting presentation of every section, and it will fascinate the reader. The standard structure of an essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion. Here is an excellent example of an outline for a family history essay:
- Short family background information
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- Restating your contention
- Summarize your key ideas
- Provide a final comment or reflection about the essay
When writing a presentation about family history, you need to provide a hook to the readers, to make them interested to know much about the family. You can start with facts or anecdotes about grandparents; for example, how they met on the first date and opted to make a family together, you can as well describe the circumstances. You can also provide an insight into a situation by your ancestors that impacted your life experience—the other thing to include in the short background information about your family. Remember to provide a clear and debatable thesis statement that will serve as the roadmap for your discussion in the paper.
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The body paragraphs contain the arguments one needs to discuss the subject topic. Every section includes the main idea or explanatory statement as the first sentence; the primary purpose is a debatable point that you need to prove. The length of a paragraph depends on the accurate measurement of ideas. In most cases, a section has about five sentences; but it can be as short or long as you want, depending on what you discuss. A paragraph has the main statement, supporting sentence(s) with evidence, and concluding sentences. When crafting the body, ensure a clear flow of ideas, connecting from one argument to the other. Transitional words, when used accordingly, can provide a nice transition and flow of ideas from one paragraph to the other. The commonly used transitional words or phrases include moreover, also, therefore, consequently, hence, thus, finally, etc.
A conclusion is as crucial as the introduction; it is the final recap of what your essay entails. The ending paragraph contains three main parts that form a full section. First, remind the audience of your thesis statement and show its relation to the essay topic. Second, provide a summary of the key arguments that you discussed in the body paragraphs. Third, it is advisable to add a final comment or general reflection about the essay. It's important to state that you should use different wording in the conclusion when restating statements and arguments. Also, remember to use signal words at the start of concluding paragraphs like in conclusion, finish, etc.
Revision is an opportunity for a student to review the content in his/her paper and identify parts that need improvement. Some students start revising as they begin drafting their essays. During revision, you need to restructure and rearrange sentences to enhance your work quality and ensure the message reaches your audience well. Revising gives you a chance to recheck whether the essay has a short main idea and a thesis statement, a specific purpose, whether the introduction is strong enough to hook the audience and organization of the article. Also, you check if there is a clear transition from one paragraph to another and ascertain if the conclusion is competent enough to emphasize the purpose of the paper.
Nothing is more frustrating than submitting an essay to earn dismal grade due to silly common mistakes. Proofreading is an essential stage in the editing process. It is an opportunity for reviewing the paper, identifying and correcting common mistakes such as typos, punctuation, grammatical errors, etc. Since proofreading is the final part of the editing, proofread only after finishing the other editing stages like revision. It is advisable to get help from another pair of eyes; you can send the paper to your friend to help you in the same process. There are online proofreading tools such as Grammarly and Hemingway, which you can use to proofread, but you should not only rely on grammar checkers. Remember to proofread the document at least three times.
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- Generation to Generation
- The Origin of My Family
- Our Circle and Family Heritage
- A Lifetime of Love
- Because of Two Lovebirds, I Am Here
- The Family Archives
- The Family Ties
- Branches of The Family Tree
- The Generational Genes
- Forever as a Family
- It All Started with a Date
- Bits of Yesteryears
Would you want to know how it all started until here? My grandpa told me that he met my grandma at a concert where one of the greatest artists was performing during one of the summer holidays in New York City. As he was dancing alone, my grandpa approached a beautiful lady (who would become his soulmate) to ask her to dance together. They later agreed to meet for a dinner date. Our family lives in New York. Undoubtedly, this is the best family, and it's an honor to be part of it.
Every person has two sides within his/her family; my paternal side originates from Canada, while the maternal side is from America. Although my great grandfather comes from Canada, my grandpa and grandma live in New York. My grandfather is Afro-American who worked as a bartender, no wonder he loved concerts! My father works as a conservationist for aquatic fauna while my mother works in the bakery. My mother and father met in a supermarket when they were both doing shopping.
Although we live in the same city, my grandparents have their apartment, a distance from ours. We live as a family of five; dad, mum, and three children. As we all live in the same city, we (me and my two sisters) occasionally visit our grandparents during the weekends to spend some time with them; grandpa and I were doing some gardening while my sisters and grandma do cook and other house chores. The bond between our great parents and ours is very excellent.
At Christmas, all my children, mum, and dad travel to our grandparents for a whole week. During the new year, we get together at our house, my parent's house, to welcome the year as an entire family. Sometimes during the weekends, we usually spend most of our time on the beach swimming, except on church days. As a family, our favorite food is deep-fried fish, rice, and vegetables. However, my grandpa likes chicken hash.
In conclusion, the social co-existence between us is excellent, which has created a robust mutual bond for the family. From visiting each other, spending time on the beach, having to get together meals to usher the new year, and celebrating Christmas as a family, the bond keeps growing. I am privileged to be part of such a great family.
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Knowing your family history is very important. It enables one to self-discover himself within the society and appreciate the lineage. When you learn about your family's past, you will understand the things you see and experience today. Writing an essay on family history requires a lot of understanding and attention to the aspects you need to describe. The critical factor being family background, then understanding how you need to structure and jot down your ideas.
Family Essay: How to Write, Topics and Examples
What is Family Essay and Why is It Important
Humans have a natural desire to belong to someone, to somewhere. Families provide the comfort of knowing that someone is always thinking about you. But it is a double-edged sword, as families often breed our insecurities and mental health issues.
The controversy around the family and the ambivalent emotions they cause make it a very interesting subject to write about. Researchers from different fields and backgrounds every year publish a new study of how family relationships and dynamics affect the brain's cognitive function, emotional development, etc.
What is family essay? A paper concerned with the importance of family, the Role they play in shaping individuals, its social significance, and so on is called a family essay. Family essays bring the missing insights, helping people realize how important families are and how much family dynamics could affect members' well-being.
In this article, you will learn how to write an essay about family. You can discover and get inspired by the list of family essay topics our dissertation service team has prepared, and later you can read the most outstanding example of all family essay examples.
What are Some Family Essay Topics
If we had to scale the types of essays from easiest to hardest to write about and choose topics for, we'd put family essays in the piece-of-cake department.
The more we know about the subject, the easier it is to know what you want to talk about. But if you are feeling uninspired, scroll through our list of distinctive family essay topics below and choose the one that hits home.
Family Values Essay Topic Ideas
If you were assigned to write an essay about family, but you are confused and don't know what to write about family values essay can make a great writing experience for a beginner.
Choose from the following topics suggested by our history essay writer :
- The significance of supporting family members through life's hardships
- The importance of maintaining close ties with extended family members
- The Role of empathy and Compassion as family values for an average family
- The significance of participating in a family event for strengthening family bonds
- Is spending quality time with your family as important as they say?
- The benefits and challenges of maintaining strong family relationships across different generations
- Does a large family teach younger kids kindness and generosity?
- The importance of open communication in maintaining healthy nuclear family relationships
- The value of forgiveness in resolving conflicts between family members
- The Role of trust in Maintaining a healthy relationship with extended family
Consider Writing a Definition Essay on Family
If you are more comfortable with descriptive essays, you can choose to write a definition essay on family. There are endless definition essay titles about family, and you can find some of the most relevant ones on the list below:
- What makes a group of people a family in the modern world?
- What nuclear family means: Different perspectives and cultural variations
- Defining the family system: the complex relationships within a family unit
- What makes a person a family member?
- Redefining the Concept of the nuclear family in the 21st Century
- Exploring the core beliefs that unite family members
- How the concept of loving family has changed throughout the history
- Analyzing the expectations within a family unite
- How the modern standards redefined the understating of a perfect family
- The Role of life experiences in Shaping the opinion about what family life should look like
Family Tree Essay Topic Ideas
Finding out about your family trees and ancestral backgrounds is the new trend of our century. The academic world is also keeping up with the trend, and more and more students write essays about family.
We recommend doing a research project on family ties and writing a compelling family tree essay. Leave the broad topics behind and choose one of the following:
- The Role of Genetics in mapping your extended family tree
- Using family trees to connect with ancestors and descendants
- Defining the Role of a younger brother in the family dynamic
- Learning about your family tree through oral history
- Uncovering extended family mysteries through genealogy
- Tracing principal family values through the branches of your family tree
- Discovering the legacy of your elder sister in the family tree
- How the habits of our daily life link up to our family trees
- Understanding the importance of documenting and preserving your family legacy
- Navigating the world of online records and DNA testing
Explore Family Tradition Essay Ideas
We all have that one family tradition; if told to anyone outside our family, they would think we are crazy. If you want to explore such customs, you should write a family tradition essay and give it a personal touch by including your family stories in a section called paragraph about my family.
For inspiration, below you will find the 10 hottest topics about family traditions:
- How tradition can help families cope with challenges and change
- The importance of including family members in everyday life to uphold family traditions
- What are some new family traditions for a small and lovely family
- Are traditions necessary for creating a happy family?
- How family recipes for house parties connect the whole family
- The secret tradition to a happy family: Spend quality time with your loved ones
- We all love when cousins visit for Christmas, or do we?
- Should birthday parties include family members?
- Are some family traditions getting in the way of unconditional love?
- Do traditions bring us closer to other members of our family?
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FAQs on Writing an Essay about Family
Family essays seem like something school children could be assigned at elementary schools, but family is no less important than climate change for our society today, and therefore it is one of the most central research themes.
Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions on family-related topics. Before you conduct research, scroll through them and find out how to write an essay about your family.
How to Write an Essay About the Importance of Family?
There are so many ways to think about the role family plays in every individual's life. Our immediate families shape our identities, negatively or positively affect our overall well-being, become our support systems, and so on. Start by choosing a fresh angle and draft an original thesis statement.
Brainstorm the arguments to support your ideas, reflect on your personal life experiences, and think of ways to include them in your writing to make it a more personal essay.
Create an outline within the academic standards. Include all the important elements of essay writing, such as an introduction, body paragraphs, and a captivating conclusion.
The introduction must include a statement. A body paragraph is where you elaborate on your chosen topic and angle. When speaking about the importance of the family, remember that every person's experience is different, and make sure to remain unbiased. Finish off your essay with a short but comprehensive conclusion, and don't forget to revise before submitting.
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How to Write an Essay About Family and Roots?
This guide on how to write an essay about family and roots will help you reconnect with your family's background and understand who you are based on where you come from. You may find the origin of certain character traits, where your brown eyes come from, or maybe a history of eating disorders.
For starters, begin with mapping out your family tree. Ask your family members for help and go as back in time as possible. Essay writing is a time-consuming process, but for the best results, consult with the whole family. You may find people that know far more than you could imagine.
Once you've gone through all the archives and you are feeling positive about your own essay, choose the angel that will grab the reader's attention and organize your thoughts so the audience can follow the storyline. The family story essay is a little bit tricky to write. It might be a very well-known story for you, and you may feel the urge to skip some details but keep in mind that your readers need every detail to see the full picture.
Be bold when telling a story. Be original when writing introductions and body paragraphs. But stay old-fashioned when it comes to spell checking the text and revising grammar.
How to Write an Essay About Your Family History?
Our expert writers have prepared a guide on how to write an essay about your family history based on the frequently asked questions. Let's jump into it.
To write a personal essay, you will need to take a deep dive into your family's history. Before coming up with a certain topic, research the past well. You might find fascinating, less talked-about facts that are worth telling.
Research your family's history records, albums, and books, talk to people who were around to witness a certain story, and gather accurate information. There is no need for it to be a happy family story; just make sure it is authentic.
Once you are certain there are no more skeletons hiding in the closet, organize your thoughts. You can employ a compare and contrast essay outline to illustrate the variations and similarities within your family during various time periods. Even the personal essay needs a proper introduction. Use the body paragraphs to elucidate the main idea. Don't forget to write a conclusion. Look out for grammatical errors.
To gain a greater understanding, scroll down and take a look at our cogent example of essay about family.
How to Write an Essay About a Family Member?
If you have chosen a topic, now you need a guide on how to write an essay about a family member.
We suggest beginning by selecting a loved one who holds an important spot in your heart. This person may have had an impact on shaping you as an individual and with whom you share numerous memories.
Afterward, determine what aspect of this person you wish to showcase. Would it be narrating their story or demonstrating the connection they share with you and the kind of relationship that exists between both of you?
Once you are ready to tell the story, begin by crafting a strong introduction. Give a background introduction, who the person was, and how they relate to you. In the body paragraphs, tell it all. Not everyone dares to be bold and real in their personal essay. You can stand out by being authentic. Show the readers how this relative made you a better person or how they molded your identity.
If you are composing a my family essay in English as a non-native speaker, it's important to take extra precautions. Before submitting, edit and revise. Read the paper again to ensure that it is coherent and free of grammatical errors.
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Essay about family tree – Research essay
In my research paper, I have studied my family tree and have turned up information about people in my family. This information includes things that appear to define them or their character today and/or in the past. Thelma Griffin: mother of Peter Griffin
The line starts with Thelma Griffin. This is as far back as I could go at this present time. Thelma was the mother of me Peter, and she spent her early years as a waitress and then became a professional gambler. She met my father Mickey during a trip to Ireland where I was conceived. She returned to America shortly after, which is where I was born. Mickey McFinnigan: father of Peter Griffin
A man of Irish blood, he is still a much-respected town drunk in a small Irish village. He has never visited the USA and was unaware of my birth for many years. Peter Griffin: me
I am currently a mature student trying to earn my degree in sociology. I have three children, though it is possible that I have more that I am unaware of. I have a wife called Lois Pewterschmidt. Barbra Hebrewberg: mother of Lois
Barbra is married to Cater Pewterschmidt, and is a wealthy New England mother of Jewish heritage. She is the mother to Lois my wife, to Carol Pewterschmidt and the disowned Patrick Pewterschmidt.
Carter Pewterschmidt: father of Lois
Carter is a New England millionaire and managing director of Pewterschmidt industries. He is a strict Christian and was unaware of his wife’s Hebrew background until years after marrying her.
Stewart Griffin: my son
He is almost two years old and is very advanced for his age. He has already had a short career on stage with a child slightly older than him, and in his short life has visited eleven countries. Meg Griffin: my daughter
She is an 18-year-old girl that is currently in college. She is generally unpopular although is pure of heart and unfairly treated by most people because she is a plump and unattractive girl that wants to fit in.
Chris Griffin: my son Chris has a very low IQ and has been held back in high school to help him eventually graduate. He is sixteen and has had reasonable success in finding and keeping jobs, though is accident prone and easily fooled. Carol Pewterschmidt: sister of Lois
Carol’s defining feature is that she has had over 15 marriages break down, though she is now married to the Mayor of Quahog, a small New England town.
Patrick Pewterschmidt: brother to Lois
He was abandoned at a young age and sent to a psychiatric facility where he still remains. He is believed to have committed heinous crimes due to his inability to get over a childhood trauma that involved a very fat man.
Though my family tree is not a big one, though there are far more entries to it. The family tree I have created goes as far back as I can go given the resources at my disposal.
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The Human Family Tree Development Essay
The creation of a family tree is not only an entertaining activity that helps people find out their roots, establish connections, and observe a variety of genealogic lines. From a scientific point of all, all humans are the products of their family trees, and all primates usually share a common ancestor and possess diverged abilities (Mader and Windelspecht 654). The DNA inherent from ancestors defines certain physiological characteristics and body functions. Thus, the investigation of the existing lines of descent in a human family tree allows scientists to determine the worth of connection dots and differences and similarities between the ancestors.
Despite the intention to prove the progress and differences between the past and the present, certain connections remain inevitable and critical for understanding human evolution. A family or evolutionary tree represents a conventional structure that shows the relationships and documents common ancestry (Mader and Windelspecht 654). The purpose of any family tree is to demonstrate a lineage and enhance a better understanding of a crucial organizing principle of biological modifications. According to Mader and Windelspecht, Darwin’s idea that all humans evolved from apes is one of the “most unfortunate misconceptions” in the world (654). However, the dots in the human family tree reveal prosimians like lemurs and lorises as the first primates that diverge from the primate line, and apes, to which humans are related, represent the last group. This example proves that humans and apes might share a common ape-like ancestor, and humans cannot evolve from apes because both continue living at the same time. Therefore, connecting the dots in the evolutionary tree is important to avoid misunderstandings and wrong interpretations.
Sometimes, people do not find it necessary to know more about their ancestors, their existing differences, and their similarities. Still, there are many examples that explain the worth of such a connection. The evolutionary tree contains all lines of descent, and it is clear that the genes of the first two lineages are almost identical (Mader and Windelspecht 655). With time, genetic changes occur, and some of them are not related to adaptation. The split between humans and apes occurred about 7 million years ago in the human tree, and chimpanzees are the most closely related hominins that share about 90% of the human DNA (Mader and Windelspecht 655). This knowledge is important for such fields as psychology, medicine, and pharmacology because people might use these animals to promote new braincases and other experiments to help humans manage their health problems. Although many people reject the possibility of animal experiments for scientific purposes, the worth of the evolutionary tree in terms of finding the connections and biological similarities is evident.
In general, the reasons for connecting the dots of the human family tree and the awareness of human ancestors have to be clearly explained and recognized in biology. In addition to strengthening people’s understanding of the evolutionary modes, this knowledge helps explain the changes in human characteristics. It is important to find the answers to such questions as why evolution is not evident today or why human lines do not diverge the same way apes or other hominin representatives did. The human family tree is a vivid example of how to interpret molecular data and comprehend the split between human and ape lineages. Multiple benefits characterize the decision to connect the dots, and the most evident is the promotion of knowledge structuring in human evolution.
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Let me tell you about my family. I live with my mum, my dad and my big sister. We live in California. My mum’s name is Carmen. She’s Mexican and she speaks English and Spanish. She’s a Spanish teacher. She’s short and slim, she’s got long, brown hair and brown eyes. My dad’s name is David. He’s American. He’s tall and a little fat! He’s got short brown hair and blue eyes. He works in a bank. My sister Shania is 14 and she loves listening to music. She listens to music all the time! She’s got long brown hair and green eyes, like me. I’ve got long hair too. We’ve got a pet dog, Brandy. He’s black and white and very friendly.
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A family is one of the greatest gift god has given to all living creatures on the earth including humans. It is a privilege to have a happy family as not everyone in the world has it.
The joy of living with your parents, fighting with your siblings over petty can just make you smile the moment you think of it. In order to inculcate the values of a family in the students, we have composed some short essays for students.
These essays are suited for students of all ages and classes. Not only these essays shall give an insight on how a family should be but shall also enrich the students with the moral values of a family.
Audience: The below given essays are exclusively written for kids, children and school students.
Family is important to every one of us and we all love our family. Wherever we go in this world and whatever we may achieve, our heart and soul will always be in our home because it is where our beautiful family is. Nothing in this world can be stronger than the bonding of the blood . The members of the same family may have differences of opinions, may quarrel often for silly things but in spite of all these it is our family that supports us during our ups and downs.
As the saying goes, “ Family is the best thing you could ever wish for. They are there for you during the ups and downs and love you no matter what”.
Contrary to this saying, we cannot choose our family as we choose our friends. But I can say that I’m blessed with a wonderful family. My family is very small with four members – my mother, my father, my elder sister and me. My family is a middle class family and my father is officially the bread winner of our family. My mother supports him financially by taking tuitions for school children.
We do not have much money or wealth but what my family has in abundance is love for each other which cannot be replaced by anything else in this world. My father and my mother are the role models to my sister and me. They struggle a lot to give us a better life. More than anything they have taught us discipline and morals of life which is helping us to lead our lives in a righteous path even today.
I cannot ask anything more to God since he has already showered me with my family which I treasure the most every second and will safeguard even in the future.
The family is a valuable god gift which plays a most crucial role in every individual’s life. I love my family very much because all of my family members stand in my good as well as bad times. From moral teachings to love and support, my family has always helped me without any demand. There is no doubt that we experience our biggest triumphs when we really connect to them.
My family is like a strong pillar for me, on which I can rely blindly anytime I require support. From my family, I have learned the social graces of loyalty & cooperation.
My family consists of my grandfather, my grandmother, my mother, my father, two young sisters and myself. My grandparents are the pillars of my family and my grandfather is the head of my family. He is the one whose decision relating to any matter is final and all of us do respect it.
Right from my childhood, my family members have prepared me for the challenges that I’ll face in the years ahead. In addition to this, all of my family members help and serve each other at times of need. These qualities that I have learnt from my family has helped me to shape my adult life in a right manner.
I am really very attached to my grandfather. He holds an excellent life experience because he has already faced so many ups and downs. My Grandfather has helped me to build my perception & vision towards society.
My family has always been there to motivate and encourage me to overcome all difficulties in life and achieve success. The role of every member in my family is unique and important in their own way. I thank God that I have grown up in a family full of love and discipline. My family values will definitely help me in becoming a better person.
A person without family and its love never becomes completely happy in his/her life. I am complete and happy with my family that includes five members. My family is a group of five including me, father, mother, brother, and sister. Family bonding is a unique type of love that gives you every lesson needed to live a harmonious life.
Growing under the supervision of a caring and loving family will increase our social values and overall well-being. Each member of my family carries out equal responsibility in sculpting the strong bonding needed for a better future and develop moral importance in each other.
My father owns a successful business of office stationery store. He uses the money to cover all our expenses and give a better lifestyle to the family. He works hard day and night to get us better education, food, home, etc. He hides all his tiredness when he comes home after a long day to spend quality time with us.
My mother is a talented homemaker who also does a part-time tailoring at home. She does all her duties with at most interest, from taking care of us to all the household chores and finds time to pursue her passion as well. She is a multi-tasker and does all the tasks from helping us in our studies to preparing delicious healthy foods to sculpt us into a better human being.
My brother is an engineering graduate and does a job in a well-known company. He is my best well-wisher and helps me in all ups and downs. My sister is also an engineering graduate and an employee in an IT company. She always finds time to help me with all my difficulties and she is my secret keeper too.
My family is a lifeline to whom I can run to, whatever may be the situation I am facing. My family guides me to be a good person and help me in nurturing good values. We, humans, are animals that live together spreading love and care for each other, and this togetherness is called family. The absence of such a divine bonding make us equal to animals.
Family value and growing in such a caring surrounding helps me to pass all the struggles and hardships that I face in my daily life. Whatever be the situation we are facing, our family will never leave us alone. My family is a blessing for me and I value everyone in my family with equal respect and love.
Most of the people in the world are blessed with having a family. A family, with whom you can share all your joys and sorrows, who is there to guide you through your growing years, who stands by you in the toughest of the situations. I too am blessed to have such a family.
My family is one the most bizarre family in the world. We are four people, my mother, my father, my younger brother and me. While my father is the one who does work for a living, it is my mother who is the boss of the house. My father is a humble person. He is an officer in a government department. My mother is a housewife. It is our mother who takes care of our studies as our father is often busy with his official assignments and even travels for days together. We just miss him when he is not at home.
He never scolds us. But, our mother is just the opposite. She wants us to remain disciplined and we often get scolded by her. However, our father comes to our rescue most of the times. My brother, still in school is the one with whom I love to spend my time the most. Not because I love to play with him, but because, being the elder sister, I enjoy instructing him and showing him who is more powerful at home. He, at a time, seems so helpless when our mother says to obey his sister. I just love that moment. But not all days are the same. I hate having to study all along while he gets to play more than me.
The Atmosphere in my Family:
We largely have a peaceful atmosphere at home. After school, our time is spent on studying, playing and watching television, which of course our mother does not like. Unlike other couples, my mother and father seldom have a fight. In fact, as soon we see an argument brewing up, one of them just withdraws and it is just rare to see a heated conversation between them. This is what I like the most about them as I feel that my parents are so cool. It is only me and brother who love to fight with each other.
However, we know that behind those fights, it is actually our love for each other which binds us together. I just enjoy being at home spending time with my parents and my brother. I just feel how bad it would be when tomorrow I and my brother shall move on for our professional lives and we shall not be able to spend much time together. However, it is the memories of today which shall be with me forever and will bring a smile on my face anytime when I feel low.
The Importance of a Family:
A family is said to be the first school of a child. It is from here you start to learn how to speak, walk and interact with the world. It is important to value the importance of a family in one’s life. At times, people feel that they are grown-ups and that their parent’s advice does not matter anymore, but that is not true. It is the elders of the family who at any given of time would know the world better than us and we should all respect our family members and love our siblings as well. It is the family who builds our character and we should feel fortunate to have a family around us.
My family values are what I take so dear to my heart because they have made me what I am today and I plan on passing these great values to my children in future. Every family has those things, acts and values that they hold in high esteem and they cherish so much. These vales have become a part of them: most times, it is what distinguishes the traits in each family and in some ways it makes or mars the future of the family members. Same applies to my family, we have some set values that has become a part of us and it has made my life a lot better because I have become a better person who is not only valuable to himself but also to the society at large. I will be sharing some of these values with you.
My Family Values:
Some of my family values include:
This is a principle that is highly protected in my family. My dad has this saying that, “honesty is the best policy.” Ever since I was little, my family has taught me how to be honest and the benefits that lie within. Sometimes, my parents even test us in ways we were not expecting and a reward is given to the person that comes out honest. This is one of my family values that I cherish so much and I am proud that it is what my family hold in high esteem.
2. Kindness to Others:
This is not a common trait to all. My mom has this belief that if the world and everybody in it shows love and kindness to one another, there will be no hatred and wars will be eradicated. This is a family value that we cherish so much. I learnt to show love to everybody. Even when we did not have much, my parents will still give to those who are needy. My dad says that the world is like a river, we would eventually flow into one another later and you do not know the future, the person you helped today might eventually be of help to you tomorrow.
This is a value that has been passed from generation to generation in my family. My dad would say that education is the best legacy you can give to a child. My family does everything in their capacity for you to get a sound and benefitting education. The acquisition of knowledge is also quite important. All of us try to gain more and more knowledge because we all have a family slogan that says “knowledge is power and that power makes me a hero.”
4. Dress and Appearance:
This is a religious value we cherish in my family. My dad would say that you are addressed the way you dress. I do not want to be address wrongly and give out a wrong impression. So, our appearance really matter a lot to us and the way we dress.
Every family has one thing or the other that they hold in high esteem and tend to pass on from generation to generation. This is what makes a family a united sect not because we are related by blood but because of we share the same values.
Why I love my family is a question that has been floating through my mind for a very long time because no matter how hard I try to pin out a reason why I love them, I just can’t find one. This can be due to fact that they mean the whole world to me and I will do anything for them. I love my family a lot and I would like to share some of the reasons why I love my family and will never trade them for anything.
Why I Love My Family:
I have a family that consists of 6 people: my father, my mother and four children which includes me. For you to understand why I love my family I will tell you a little about each of them and why I love them so much.
My father is the best father in the world: well, that’s what I say. He is a business manager. I look up to my father a lot because I will like to take a lot of his behaviours and make it mine. He taught me to be contented with whatever I have. We did not have much when I was growing up; my dad lost his job and still did not allow anything of the pressure change how he behaved to us at home. He is caring, gentle, accommodating and disciplined.
My mum is the best cook in the world. I do not know where I would be today without my mum. I owe her a lot. She is a teacher by profession and this fascinates me a lot because not only is she inculcating knowledge in the young minds of tomorrow, she is also building the future of our society at large. I want to be like my mum. I remember those times when she had to sacrifice when the most precious of her things just to make me happy. She is loving, caring, understanding, accommodating. In fact, she is everything you can ever wish for in a mother.
My elder sisters are the best. Although they can be frustrating sometimes but that is mostly because of my stubbornness. They pretend they do not really care but deep inside they do. The things they do even subconsciously say otherwise. I remember a day in elementary school, I was being bullied a boy in class. On this particular day, he hit me. Unknowing to me, my sister heard about it and she beat the boy and made him apologise to me, I felt so happy that day because I had someone who had my back.
My brother is one of the best gifts I have received. He is the last child and this gives him an opportunity to be annoying if you know what I mean. He is joyful and always ready to heed correction. There was this day, I heard him bragging to his friends about how awesome I am, and I was the happiest that day.
We all have one reason or the other on why we love our family. I love mine because they are the best gift I could ever ask for and the fact that they have been there for me through the good, bad and funny times.
Importance of family is something that is greatly overlooked and underrated in the world we live in today. The definition that the family had about one hundred years before now was very clear. Back then, a family was believed to be a unit that consisted of the father that was in charge of the finances of the family, a mother whose primary duty was to look after the home and take care of the children and then there were the children. Largely based on the region you are from, a family can also include members of the extended family like aunts, uncles and grandparents. This type of family system is referred to as joint family.
A family that is important is one that is very strong. If a family is going to be very strong, there is a need for the bond between them to be very strong. Bonds that help in keeping the members of a family with each other are relationships. If there are very strong relationships among all the members of a family, there is going to be stronger commitment between all of them and the family as a unit will be very important.
Better communication is also a result of family relationships that are very strong. If all the family members can take time out to talk and know each other well, the bond between them is bound to be very strong. Even if the conversations are about big things or small things, it does not really matter. The most important thing is that all family members stay connected to one another. It is very important that they all list to each other and understand every member.
How to make Family Bonds Very Strong:
We have various things that can help our family bond to improve.
A few of them include:
1. Love: love is the most important thing we need for our bonds as a family to improve. When we love the members in our family, we will also be able to know all about privacy, intimacy, caring, belonging and sharing. When there is love in a family, the family will prosper.
2. Loyalty: loyalty is something that comes as a result of love. Family members should stay devoted to each other. It is important that we are able to count on our family to have our back anytime we are facing problems.
The importance of family can never be overstated even though we live in a different time now and our attitudes to relationships, marriage and what a family should be has changed. The family is something that we need to help share our problems and be there for us anytime we have issues. A lot of the things that were not acceptable in the past and we now see as normal. Even with all the changes that the society has effected on our family system, the family still remains the major foundation of our society and this will remain the same.
My family is the best gift I have got. A family can be simply said to mean a social group of different people in our society that includes one or more parents and also their children. In a family, every member of the family commits to other members of the family in a mutual relationship. A family is a very important unit and the smallest unit in the society. A family whether a big one or a small one is of very great importance and use to all of its members and is believed to be the unit of our society that is strongest because the society is formed from the coming together and culmination of various families.
In many cultures, the family serves a child’s first school where the child learns all about their traditions and cultures more importantly learn about all the rudimentary values in life. A family is very essential in the teaching of healthy habits and good manners to all the members of the family. It gives the members of the family the opportunity to become people with better character in our society. I feel very lucky to be born into a small and lovely family; I learnt a lot of things from my family.
I am from a middle class and average family with six members (my father, my mother, my grandmother, my grandfather, my younger brother and me). My grandfather is the head of the family and we all respect and listen to him. He is really wise and tries to advise each and every one of us using his many life experiences. He has been involved in many interesting and adventurous activities that he tells me about all the time. Most of the time, he has the final say on all of our family issues and he does his best to make all his decisions impartial.
Any time we are eating today as a family, he sits at the top of the table; we all have designated seats at the dining table. When my brother and I are available, my grandfather teaches us about our traditions and cultures. My grandfather is very friendly and has a cool and great personality and tries to talk nicely and calmly to everyone passing across his message without being rude. He helps my brother and sometimes me with our assignments. He majorly teaches us about all of the tools we need to be successful in life including punctuality, discipline, moral, cleanliness, continuity, honesty, hard work and trustworthiness.
My lovely grandmother is one of the nicest people I know, she tells my brother and I lovely stories every night. My father is a civil engineer and he is very hardworking, sincere and punctual. He is the breadwinner of the family and does his best to provide for every member of the family even if that means he has to work extra hours. My mother is very sweet and takes care of every member of the family even though she works as an accountant at a firm. She wakes up very early in the morning to make preparations for the day. My brother is a funny and jovial person that enjoys sporting activities and I love him so much.
Sometimes I wish my cousins, uncles and aunts lived with us, I love having them around. There are a lot of advantages and disadvantages of having everyone around. I have highlighted some below.
Some advantages are:
1. It gives a better routine of living that can contribute to a proper growth.
2. Having a joint family helps in following the numerous principles of an equitable economy and helps teach discipline and respect. It also teaches us how to share the burden of other family members.
3. There is the understanding of having to adjust to the needs of other family members.
4. The children in a large family get to grow up in a happy environment because they have children of their age around that they can play with.
5. All the members of a joint family are usually very disciplined and responsible as everyone has to follow the instructions of the family head.
Some of the disadvantages include:
1. There is always the chance of a rift or fight between the family members because of the possible imbalance of feelings of oneness, brotherly love and feeling of generosity.
2. There is a chance of the members of the family that earn very high looking down on members of the family that do not.
The concept of family is important in India for every individual. Family defines an individual background in terms of social relations and growth. Families influence the lives of individuals from childhood to adulthood especially in decisions concerning life milestones like marriage and career paths. Indian families live together for up to four generations under one roof and they manage to maintain lose family relations compared to other families across the globe. Indian families tend to stick to their cultural practices as a family and they maintain religious practices that cut across the family. Elders in Indian families are respected by the members of the family and their opinions are considered during decision making.
What Family Really Means :
Basic knowledge defines a family as a group of people who share genetic and legal bonds. However, the concept of family means a lot more for other people than just the bond and it incorporates the concepts of culture and religion. In India, the concept of family differs from what the rest of the world perceives as family.
Families in India go beyond nuclear and extend to wider circles, whereby the extended family lives together and are closely related. The relationships in the family are strong such that cousins are considered siblings and aunts and uncles are considered parents. Family also means the unconditional love among the members of the family whereby there is support in terms of finances and emotions.
Why the Family is so important:
The family plays a central role in lives of individuals in teaching of moral values. Parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents have been known to teach the children on morality and disciplinary issue s in most cultures. Both spiritual and moral values are instilled through family. Family give a sense of belonging to individuals because they are over by the family and supported at all times.
A family will always support its members with needs including financial and emotional needs. In a family, there has been established levels of satisfaction and happiness from the joy of being together. Families also helping community development through contributions and participating in activities in the community. The family is important in the society in maintaining order, discipline and peace.
I come from a big family. My family has not moved to an urban area and so we still live as a wider circle together with the extended family. In my nuclear family, I am the first born of four children. I have one sister and two brothers who are still at school. I have three aunts and two uncles. My cousins are twelve in number and most of them are at school except for the youngest ones.
My grandparents are very old and they do not get out of the house much and are being taken care by my parents and aunts. Most of the children are always at school and the house gets quiet but during holiday, we all unite together as a full house. My family is of the middle class in terms of wealth. Our religion is Hindu and we all practice the Indian cultures and traditions. What I love about my family is that everyone is a good cook and the food is always amazing. Members of my family are kind and respectful and that is why we rarely have disputes. The family support is strong and we all love each other.
Why I love My Family:
Having a big family is interesting because the house always feels warm. As I had earlier mentioned, my family is made of good cooks, which makes me love them. There is always teamwork within the family and good relationships are maintained. I like the adventurous nature of my family because we always have fun whenever we go for holiday vacations or have a family event.
Moral cultural and spiritual values are highly cared for in the society. My family is oriented in good moral values and believe we make a good role model for the society. Despite the influence of education, the family has been able to maintain the culture and traditions of Indian people. The love that exists in my family is precious and that is the most important value of all times because what family without love?
Our Weekend Outings and House Parties:
We do not have many of these in our family because of the different schedules among the members. We only have weekend outings and house parties during holidays. Birthday parties are and weddings are the parties that we frequently have as a family. I love parties at home because the food is usually exceptionally good. Also, the dancing and happy faces. Weekend outings are usually in form of picnics and they are usually full of games.
Cousins Visit during Summer:
My family is young and only three of my cousins are in college. The rest are in high school or elementary schools. Whenever my cousins come home from school, it is a happy moment for the whole family and we host parties to welcome them home. Whenever my older cousins are at home, I enjoy their company and I love to hear stories about college because that is where I will be in a few years’ time.
In the spirit of holidays, we have a vacation or two in a year. During these vacations, plans begin early and when the time comes, it is enjoyable and relaxing. Vacations for us as children tend to be more enjoyable because we have an environment away from home and with minimal parental supervision and we tend to explore and talk among ourselves. Team building during vacations strengthens the bond in families.
Family is a blessing to individuals because that is where they belong and it is what defines them. A good family is built through moral values and team effort. Having family events and parties or vacations re important is strengthening the relationships within a family. A happy individual is definitely from a happy family.
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