Find A Grave served to get me started researching my family history. Several years ago I took my father to see his grandfathers grave site. It was an old cemetery and when in such cemeteries you would also wonder about the stories of the oldest graves there. Often they would have old wrought iron fencing. Such was the case in this particular cemetery and I left there wondering about their story.
I found Find A Grave shortly after that trip as I was attempting to learn a bit more about my ancestors. It was then that I discovered those graves with the wrought iron fencing were my ancestors!
It was at this same time that I discovered someone else claiming my GGG Grandfather as their GGG Grandfather. I remember thinking they can't have him, he's mine. Before that discovery I had really never thought about those distant cousins, although I knew they existed.
From that discovery a whole new world has opened up to me that I like to call "the fabric of a nation" as I discover many of my ancestors immigration to the United States and how they moved and settled all across America. It is true for every family and if they will do a little research they will also discover the role their ancestors played in the fabric of a nation, rather it is here in the United States or another country.
Also through those discoveries of cousins we learn so much more about our families and also often learn that each others ancestors paths may have crossed many times rather it was during the American Revolution, Civil War, Oklahoma Land Run and other events that helped shape a nation.
I often wonder how much more interesting history class would have been in grade school or high school if I had known many of these stories then.
I encourage people to learn something about their ancestors, their struggles and achievements.