• Genealogy Quotes: In the Words of our Ancestors

    May 8, 2012 by  
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    Family name, lineage, bloodline, pedigree, family tree and genealogy are all words that resound with a wish to be remembered and a desire to honor our forebears.

    Our desire to celebrate our ancestors has possibly been around as long as we have and so have genealogy quotes, proverbs and sayings.



    From the “begats” of the Christian bible that trace the lineage of Jesus, to the significance of “Word Fame” to the Vikings. The importance placed on our family trees is reflected in proverb, archaic literature and the current popularity of websites dedicated to genealogy quotes. Just type the phrase “Genealogy Quotes” into Google and you will come up with 11,600,000 results.

    Wise words such as this ancient Gaelic proverb:

    Follow, thou, closely the fame of thine ancestors” (lean-sa dlùth ri cliù do shìnnsear) is perhaps one of the oldest recorded Western European genealogy quotes and one that continues to inspire family history hunters.

    If you are in need of some inspiration or just love to reflect on the words of wisdom left by past generations – about past generations. You are going to love Genealogy Beginner’s list of :


    Genealogy Quotes: In the Words of our Ancestors

    “Distinguished ancestors shed a powerful light on their descendants, and forbid the concealment either of their merits or of their demerits”

    Gaius Sallustius Crispus (86 BC – 35 BC)


    “He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another”

    Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD)


    It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors

    Plutarch (45–120 CE)


    “To forget one’s ancestor’s is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root”

    Chinese Proverb

    “The mark of a Scot of all classes [is that] he … remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation.”

    Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)


    “Cattle die, kinsmen die, one day you yourself shall die, but the reputation of the dead never dies.”



    “He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning

    Old English Proverb


    “We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors’ wisdom”

    Maya Angelou


    “People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”

    Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

    Feeling inspired?   If you want to learn genealogy start with Genealogy Beginner

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