At the risk of being flamed, I have to ask..what actual GOOD comes out of all this genealogy research? Is it used to trace inheirited diseases or something? Of what value is the notion that your line can be traced back to Adam as I have seen claimed here? Really, I am curious.
Your ignorance is embarassing. Genealogy is used for a number of purposes beyond the traditional practice of searching family lines as a hobby or for religious purposes. In fact, the Mormons’ Family History Library has openned, and contnue to do so, its collection to the University of Utah and other institutions for genetic research to fight cancer and other inherited diseases. Firthermore, the Family History Library has worked not only with genetic and medical researchers, but also with social, demographic, historical and other scholars using the collection to help better understand human beings.
ACTUAL good? I don’t know. For me it is a hobby. Some people collect stuff like lunch boxes or beer cans. Some people drink, some people paint. I love history and geography. Collecting names and dates is interesting, but understanding the historical events and circumstances that have occurred in my family is terribly interesting. From the Bataan Death March to the Protestant-Catholic conflict in Ireland to the Prussian rebellion of 1848-49, family links make these otherwise foreign events more personal for me.