Discovering Your Past
With every record uncovered,
A new chapter is revealed,
Of the lives and loves of ancestors,
Whose stories were long concealed.
Through old letters and photographs,
We glimpse a world that’s gone,
Of hard work, love, and sacrifice,
From dusk until the dawn.
Each discovery a mystery,
To be unraveled one by one,
As we piece together fragments,
Of a life that’s now long gone.
Our family tree a map,
Of the paths that they once tread,
Each leaf a different story,
Of the lives they had lead.
We connect with distant relatives,
And forge new bonds through time,
As we share the common legacy,
Of a family tree sublime.
For in the roots we find our strength,
And in the branches, our kin,
As we discover the stories,
Of those who came before us and within.
The journey is not always easy,
But it’s one that’s worth the cost,
For there’s something magical and true,
In discovering your past.
So let us search and seek,
And never lose our zeal,
For in each new discovery,
Is a piece of our family’s real truth.
And may we honor our ancestors,
In all that we say and do,
For the past has much to teach us,
And there’s always more to pursue.
Darrell Gibbs, ’22 Steps In Researching Your Family Tree’ – Discovering Your Past