From immigration records to marriage records, historical documents offer a view into the past. With more and more databases becoming publicly available, the search into your family’s history can be as comprehensive as never before. The reasons to explore your family’s past are endless, but here are a few: Explain Quirky Family Traditions Does your family serve kolaches at Thanksgiving or miso soup at New Year’s Eve? A complete family tree could give insights into family traditions that are unique to your family. A Japanese relative a couple of generations back might have introduced miso soup at New Year’s Eve.