People study genealogy for a wide range of reasons. They usually seek to trace ancestors.
Looking at the GENUKI website, the places to which I have most often gone back in time are as follows:
Do you ever suffer from homesickness?
Have you ever viewed the world via migration?
Have you ever viewed the world via England?
We are all lineal descendants of thousands of people, over many centuries.
Unless our families intermarry considerably, like the House of Habsburg, we mostly each have four
grandparents, eight great-grandparents and sixteen
Where and when were your
Where and when were your great-grandparents born?
Where and when were your great-great-grandparents born?
What do you know about your grandparents more generally?
Many aspect of kinship are of interest to social scientists as well as family historians and geneticists.
How well acquainted are you with your great-grandparents at present?
How do their genetics affect yours?
How has their social status
How have their experiences of the world affected yours?