We will probably never know why some people are driven to collect family history and trace their lineage, while others give less than a cursory interest in the subject.

I would hazard a guess that many of those searching for their family links are people who are looking for their connection to the world. In western cultures all too often we seem to be lacking in ‘stories’ that have successfully transcended generations.

For many indigenous people, such as the Maori and Aborigines, story-telling is an inherent part of their culture and connection to tribes and the history is vitally important for their sense of self and belonging.

Today’s often chaotic world doesn’t offer much of a connection to anything.

There’s so many kinds of families today that the traditional nuclear family is more of a rarity than the norm.

So how do the keen genealogists do it?

We’d like to hear about some successful searches and how key information was obtained. Can you help this discussion?