May 18, 2004
Finding Your Roots--Discovering Yourself Through Your Ancestors
Date: May 18, 2004; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Deb Elliot Salon, corner Forest Ave. & 1 William St., Portland, ME
Sponsor:A facilitated discussion for Women's Passion
Cost: $5 (includes hors 'oeuvres and beverages)
Registration: Contact Jayme Proctor () or Lynn Marie Danforth (207-767-5776).
Description: Many people have a passion for discovering their family history. I am such a person-- I first became fascinated in tracing my own roots and then realized that I love helping others learn about their own history just as much. Genealogy is much more than filling in names and dates in charts. Through genealogy exploration, I have gained an appreciation of the struggles that our ancestors faced and ultimately learned more about myself--who I look like, what talents run through my genes, and what made those McCoy's so feisty and determined to succeed?
Learning about your ancestors ultimately enriches your understanding of yourself and your appreciation for your family. In this discussion group, participants will explore their family roots - Who is your favorite ancestor? Why? Where do your talents, characteristics and passions come from? What nationalities and cultural practices contribute to your essence? From where, when and why did your ancestors come to America? What family myths are you curious about? This discussion will explore the joys of learning about yourself by learning about your family history and will provide you with ideas about how to learn more.