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Why do people do Genealogy?

Why do People keep journals, logs, trees, showing their lineage?
 Since the beginning of time, people have written down in pictures or cryptic hieroglyphics a story of their families. Sometimes WIKIPEDIA can be useful! It describes recorded history as this, "recorded history begins with the accounts of the ancient world around the 4th millennium BC, and coincides with the invention of writing."1

Limestone Kish tablet from Sumer with pictographic writing; may be the earliest known writing, 3500 BC. Ashmolean Museum 2

When you think about all the indignities suffered by the generations in the past, sometimes it is hard to even imagine how people could survive, without air conditioning, a waterbed, toothbrush, clean bed linens, perhaps a decent shaving device.  The list goes on.  As we languish in the lap of even simple luxury, we can only learn from their lives.  However, if a family doesn't document their lives, how is the future generation to ever learn from their mista…