Most of us know at least a little bit about our genealogies, that is: where we came from, who our ancestors were, literally what “race” or “tribe” we’ve descended from. It is often exciting, and almost always gratifying, to know that we often share a commonality with those who preceded us and literally gave us life through the whole process of procreation and parental nurture. In that sense, scientifically speaking, we literally have a share in the same gene pool—that DNA “stuff of life”—that has been handed down to us by our parents, from their parents, from generation to generation.
And, it often shows in significant ways! Many of you are familiar, no doubt, with the expression, “He’s just a chip off the old block,” meaning, of course, “He looks very much like his father.” A child inevitably will resemble one or both of his or her parents in varying ways—eyes, mouth, nose—or maybe a strong chin or other prominent feature. The trick is finding out and preserving—onto one document—those similarities when they are most conspicuous and memorable, and therefore meaningful and valuable to us. We could call these family traits creations “geneographies.” So, why not?!!