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"Lest We Forget"

One cannot be involved in genealogy research for long without forming some opinions, observations and views about our ancestors and humanity in general.  I believe genealogy can provide a valuable service to our world by helping us put things into better perspective.  Sometimes life pulls us along at a pace so rapid that we lose track of where we're going and why.  Today's modern world full of new technologies, opportunities and rapid change can sometimes overwhelm us, and taking time to look at the overall picture is a worthwhile endeavor.  Learning from history is also important, and forming opinions of today's critical issues can be served by widening our perspective.  To that end, we present a new section of the web site to share views and observations, and to share stories about the past that may shed some light on the present and the future.

Please take a few minutes to complete and submit the questionnaire below.  Results of the submissions will be published here on an ongoing basis.  You may choose whether you would like your name and email address published along with your answers.  Thank you for sharing.

 

Questionnaire
Please complete all fields with an asterisk (*)

*Name or Nickname  
*Publish my name?   No  Yes
*Email Address  
*Publish my email address?   No  Yes
*Country of Residence  
State of Residence  
Gender   Male   Female   I'd Rather not say
Age  
Ethnicity  
Religious Persuasion  
Political Persuasion  
     
    RESPONSE SECTION
     
*My earliest known ancestor  

Name  

   

Country of Origin  

   

Birth year (if known)  

     
*Genealogy Experience  

Years or months  

     
*Genealogy Skill Level  
     
*Why I'm involved in genealogy
(Select one or more)
  Because It's fun!
I'm a history buff
To share with my family
To learn about the history of my country
To understand my roots
To gain a better perspective
I find it interesting
To pass the time
To find unknown relatives
It gives me a sense of purpose
I really don't like it, but....
I'm about to give up
I'm not sure
     
About the past
(Select one or more)

 

  My ancestors were brilliant
My ancestors were enlightened
My ancestors just wanted freedom
Some of my ancestors were prejudice
My ancestors were ambitious
My ancestors were risk-takers
My ancestors were happy (in general)
My ancestors were unhappy (in general)
Some of my ancestors were arrogant
My ancestors were exploited
Some of my ancestors were extremely religious
Some of my ancestors lived off the land
Some of my ancestors were slave owners
Some of my ancestors were slaves
Some of my ancestors were famous
Some of my ancestors fought in the American Rev. War
Some of my ancestors fought in the American Civil War
Some of my ancestors fought in American Indian wars
Some of my ancestors helped American Indians
Some of my ancestors were American Indians
Some of my ancestors founded cities
Some of my ancestors immigrated to America before 1776
Some of my ancestors experienced tragedies
Some of my ancestors had more than ten children
Some of my ancestors helped form regional policies/laws
Some of my ancestors passed down family bibles
My family has passed down stories about ancestors
     
About the present
(Select one or more)
  Life is much easier today than it was for my ancestors
Present values are higher than in the past
Present values are lower than in the past
I am less religious than my ancestors were
I am more religious than my ancestors were
Today's population is just as religious as my ancestors were
Present lifestyles are too complex
Present individual freedoms are greater than in the past
Present individual freedoms are fewer than in the past
My country is better overall than in the past
My country has changed in ways my ancestors would like
My country has changed in ways my ancestors would not like
I'm happy about the way my country has changed since my ancestors lived
I'm unhappy about the way my country has changed since my ancestors lived
I'm teaching my children about their ancestors
I read books about genealogy and history
I subscribe to one or more online genealogy services
I belong to a genealogy organization
I have my own genealogy web site
     
The future
(select one or more
)
  I believe my children and grandchildren will experience better lives than I am experiencing (overall)
I believe my children and grandchildren will experience more difficulties than I have experienced
I believe the future holds great promise for humanity
I believe the future holds numerous problems of a serious nature
I believe there will be no future major world wars
I believe there will be a future major world war
I believe humanity can solve problems peacefully if we have the right leadership
I believe there will be no future world economic crisis
I believe there will be a future world economic crisis
I believe we will take good care of our environment
I believe we will exploit and harm our environment
     
My general opinions
(select one or more)
  I believe society is moving in the right direction
I believe society is moving in the wrong direction
I believe my national leaders are serving the public good
I believe my national leaders are serving the good of only a few
I believe my national leaders are generally honest
I believe my national leaders are generally dishonest
I believe my national leaders are out of touch with the needs and desires of the general population
I believe my national leaders are in touch with the needs and desires of the general population
I believe I can influence my leaders at a satisfactory level
I believe my leaders don't care about my views
     
    COMMENTARY SECTION
     
What I've learned about my ancestors and the past  
     
What I've learned about my country and it's past  
     
What I've learned about myself  
     
My views about the future  
     

Please review your responses carefully before submitting
Thank you for participating