Keeping the Family Tree Alive

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How are these families linked by finances for generations just like the rest of us? They also need stories, context, and shared memories to keep their family trees alive. This article in the NY times below shows how putting family first and a dedication to discovering and sharing their family histories (warts and all) strengthens their family bonds. 

From the NY Times:

What keeps venerable old families together? They are, after all, only as strong as the roots that bind them.

Most of us know our relatives back to our grandparents. Counting our own children, we might have to contend with four generations.

But there are families who can trace their history back centuries. Sylvia Brown, for instance, is the 11th generation of the family whose name adorns Brown University. And Alessia Antinori is the 26th generation of the Italian winemaking family whose company bears her surname.

For families like these, their strength often lies in their hereditary wealth, in its varied forms of businesses, partnerships and foundations. But the strategies they use to stay together can be adopted by any family, whether or not money is at stake.

Read the full story in the NY times
http://bit.ly/nyimes_familytree

 Sylvia Brown, center with flowers, and her second husband, Andrew West, surrounded by family on their wedding day. As seen in NY Times. Courtesy Sylvia Brown.

Sylvia Brown, center with flowers, and her second husband, Andrew West, surrounded by family on their wedding day. As seen in NY Times. Courtesy Sylvia Brown.

Kimberlie Guerrieri