Genealogy is more than just records and facts. To understand our ancestors we need to understand the times at which they lived and the experiences they may have had. It is this context that helps us understand our relatives' trek in life.
Context allows us to view records and facts in a broader view, assemble Life Sketches, and see the family tree as more than a list of people with dates and relationship lines. Context includes information about the era in which are ancestors' lived, their geographical environment and the technologies available to them. It includes events that may have impacted their decisions such as wars, religious intolerance, political strife, disease and famines. Context brings richness to family history.