Local author Sondra Perry is passionate about her family's stories, so much so that she recently had me research and write them down in a book entitled, Then and Now: The Story of the Busch Family.
Researching the family history gives you a chance to not only record the family stories, which in Sondra's case included an ancestor drowning in the not-quite-frozen Volga River in Russia, but also to learn about what centuries-old DNA traits you carry which contribute to those loveable but previously unexplanable personality quirks.
As an example, I discovered that my ancestors were fearless about trekking off into uncharted territory and starting new ventures, a trait which I carry today.
Researching famly history can lead to a world of discovery. As an added bonus, handing down the stories is a priceless gift to those who follow.