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Northeast North Carolina Family History By: Irene Hampton Family. We all have one and whatever their make-up, they have profound influence on who we are. As we have become increasing mobile, the relationships and stories about our families have often been left behind and lost to current generations. In a world of social media that lives mostly in the current moment, why would family history be important? A New York Times article, “The Stories That Bind Us,” written by Bruce Feiler and published May 17, 2013 gives us a compelling reason. He writes of two psychologists, Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Robyn Fivush, who conducted a summer long test of four dozen families in 2001. They called their test the “Do You Know” scale. The psychologists asked children to answer 20 questions related to what they knew about their families. The questions ranged from stories about their own birth, where their parents met or what they knew about a serious illness or tragedy in their family history. “They then compared the children’s results to a battery of psychological tests the children had taken, and reached an overwhelming conclusion. The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned. The ‘Do You Know’ scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness. ‘We were blown away’, Dr. Duke said.” What an amazing statement about the importance of learning about our family history and as Dr. Duke and Dr. Fivush stress, taking time in family situations to pass it on. We can begin by telling the stories we know, that of our own lives but how do we go back and find out about our past history? If we don’t have knowledge of our family’s background, we need to start digging for out roots and the stories that go with them. I know more than one person whose eyes glaze over at the mention of genealogy (the research of the dates and places our families come from) but family history is SO much more than birth and death dates. As Bradley D. Foster has stated, it’s about the dash, the information BETWEEN the birth and death dates on a tombstone, the story between those dates where we find out who our ancestors really were. I hope to share ideas on how to do that in future articles. Irene Hampton earned a Certificate in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and worked as the Genealogical/Local history Researcher for the Pasquotank- Camden Library for over 12 years. She has also abstracted and published “Widow’s Years Provisions, 1881-1899, PasquotankCounty, North Carolina”; “1840 Currituck, North Carolina Federal Census” and “Record of Marriages, Book A (1851-1867) Currituck County, North Carolina”. You may contact her at nencfamilyhistory@gmail.com. 26 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015 albemarletradewinds.com

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