It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry. Live up to it.

Wow, what a quote, huh?  It’s from “1001 Rules for My Unborn Son” ( and I think it’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever heard.

At least, for a genealogist.  Not really sure how it will benefit unborn children, but for those of us who are obsessed with our family tree, this statement should hit home.

Your ancestry is something of which you should be proud; the people who came before us are part of who we are today (even if some of them were criminal types and ne’er-do-wells).  In fact, it hardly matters *what* family members did with their lives – some of mine were slave owners, and Congressmen, and I’m still proud of them!  You know why?  Because they survived, in a time when survival was difficult.  Your ancestors also survived, and procreated, and fulfilled the human objective, and that’s why it’s your obligation to live your life to the utmost.  Take care of yourself; take care of your family, and your neighbors, and friends, and complete strangers.

Or as my father once told me, “You’re likely to make good choices if you live your life as if you knew your grandma was watching.”