Friday, October 21, 2011

Celebrating America’s Diversity: Family History Month 2011

This October, join millions of people across the United States in celebrating Family History Month. The United States observed its first Family History Month ten years ago. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch introduced a resolution on September 12, 2001 to designate October as Family History Month. Hatch had circulated a draft for months, but it’s fitting that he formally introduced it the day after the September 11 attacks. In the uncertain aftermath, the words of the resolution resonated. “We look to the family as an unwavering symbol of constancy that will help us discover a future of prosperity, promise, and potential,” the legislation read. “Interest in our personal family history transcends all cultural and religious affiliations.” It passed by unanimous consent. Family History Month is a great opportunity to learn about your heritage while making new memories with your family.

For the tenth anniversary, created the following infographic to illustrate some facts about immigration and the diverse people who call this nation home (click to view in its entirety). They have also included some ideas to jumpstart your foray into family history, whether your journey starts in the distant past or with your personal story.

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