Identity is a topic I find very interesting, as you may have already gathered. With so much identity theft happening now, how can we protect our own identities from misanthropic misfits and still find the information we seek? There is quite a lot more information on the topic of identity in my By Any Other Name blog. Have you visited it?
Why is it that genealogy is a more common hobby in some countries than in others? And why is it that many people in previous decades did not want to reveal much about themselves and their ancestors, even within families?
Have you uncovered interesting information in your search for clues about your family history? Why did some information remain hidden for such a long time? Was it because of shame or guilt? Was it, perhaps, because it was seen as normal and not considered a worthy topic of conversation?
There are a lot of issues relating to ancestry that are very important in our sense of identity. If you were conceived by IVF, or were adopted, or fostered, or never knew one or both of your birth parents, like many people in a similar situation you may feel a sense of longing to know more about your genetic links to others.
My grandmother Dorothy may have never known that she was one of eight children. Her mother died when she was four. Soon afterwards, Dorothy and her youngest brother, the only sibling she ever mentioned, went to live with an aunt. We do not know what happened to any of the other children.
I have discovered quite a lot about my own family history by looking at census records. Have you done the same?
There are other aspects of our individual identities that are shaped by the cultural environment in which we live, for example how we speak, the vowel sounds we make, the words we choose to use, and even how we spell those words when writing.
When looking at the multitude of interests of bloggers, do you think about how each person might have gained the tastes and interests they list as part of themselves? How did you acquire your tastes and interests, and your sense of identity?