Roots Day

Roots Day is celebrated on December 23rd of each year. The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of Roots Day, however we believe Roots Day has to do with genealogy. And what better time to dig into your genealogy than when families come together for the holiday season?

Genealogy (from Greek: γενεά, genea, “generation”; and λόγος, logos, “knowledge”) is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral traditions, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members. The results are often displayed in charts or written as narratives.

The pursuit of family history tends to be shaped by several motivations, including the desire to carve out a place for one’s family in the larger historical picture, a sense of responsibility to preserve the past for future generations, and a sense of self-satisfaction in accurate storytelling.