Why do single people do genealogy research? I'd like to open this topic up for comments from blog readers.
On a personal basis, I never gave much thought to why I (a single person) got interested in genealogy. I always enjoyed history, the stories, the old photographs. And doing the research is a lot like being a detective - finding the clues, laying out the timeline, speculating on theories.
It wasn't that long ago when someone (a relative, of course) asked me why I wanted to put so much effort into genealogy when I didn't have any children. The question took me by surprise as it never occurred to me that genealogy was a hobby that only married people with children could pursue!
The question has been gnawing on me on and off for a few months and I'd really like to hear from other people with no descendants who are passionate about their research. Are we doing this all for nothing because we have no one to pass it down to? What's going to happen to your research when you're "gone-gone"? Are you passing it on to another family member? Donating it to a local archive? Or like me - getting as much available on the internet as possible so that the information will be left behind.
Are we just oddballs or are there more of us descendantless people out there doing genealogy than I realize?
Please comment! I'd like to hear from both singles and marrieds with or without descendants.