History is important to us. We all want to know and understand where we come from — where our roots are. It gives us a sense of grounding, a sense of trust. “Rest your heart on the family name/ And we’ll find our way back home” We may not always know who we are or where we come from, we may not like or we may have been hurt by the places or families of our origin. No matter, regardless of how far you strayed — you do have roots, you do have a history, people and places that spawned you. And to be reminded that we can trace those threads and go back to, or re-discover, who we are.
I don’t know about you, but I find it very comforting.