Why You Should And How You Can Know Your Roots

(I would like to preface this piece by acknowledging that there is a large amount of privilege in one knowing anything substantial about their ancestors or family tree past a few generations. This is something that mostly white Europeans have access to while other groups of Americans have considerably less. I cannot speak to the pain or difficulties of not being able to trace your family line very far, nor do I feel equipped to make helpful suggestions, except this one: your ancestors live in you. You are an embodiment of all they could have ever hoped for. If you’re the