What Are The Advantages of Family Tree Research?

Keith Lockwood, Ph.D.
2 min readDec 10, 2022

There are many benefits to completing a detailed family tree of your family, including the possibility of securing alternative citizenships that can provide access to resources such as education for yourself and future generations.

A family tree is a visual representation of a person’s ancestors and descendants, and can provide valuable information about a person’s family history. By completing a detailed family tree, a person can learn more about their ancestors and where they came from. This can help a person to feel more connected to their family and their past, and can provide a sense of belonging and identity.

Additionally, a detailed family tree can be a valuable tool for genealogical research. By documenting the names, dates, and places of birth, marriage, and death for each person on the tree, a person can create a valuable resource for future generations of their family. This can help to preserve the family’s history and to provide a valuable reference for those who may be interested in researching their own family tree in the future.

One potential benefit of completing a detailed family tree is that it can provide access to alternative citizenships. In some cases, a person may be eligible for citizenship in another country based on their ancestry or the citizenship of their ancestors. For example, if a person has ancestors who were citizens of Italy, they may be eligible to apply for Italian citizenship through the process of jus sanguinis, or “right of blood.” This could provide access to education and other resources in Italy that may not be available to them as an American citizen.

Overall, there are many benefits to completing a detailed family tree of your family. It can help you to better understand your family’s history and heritage, connect with relatives you may not have known about, and potentially provide access to alternative citizenships and the resources they offer.

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Keith Lockwood, Ph.D.

ASL teacher, Teacher of the Deaf, Keith is also a New Jersey based genealogist specializing in British, Irish and Italian genealogy and citizenship reclamation.