The post of February 18th on One Rhode Island Family really struck a chord with me. Diane wrote about why she chose to become a genealogist and wondered why some of us know so much about our family and others don't. According to her categories, I was one of those "genealogists by birth." A family member imparted on me the idea that it was my responsibility to know my family's history. She also passed down a family tree extending back to the Mayflower. It missed the wives' families but gave me a starting point - and a love for research.
What about you? Why did you become a genealogist?