What is it that moves us to dig deeper into our roots, to climb the limbs of our family tree?

Maybe you hadn't given it much thought until watching the recent seven-part "Who Do You Think You Are" series on NBC.

The show followed celebrities in search of their ancestors.

Or perhaps this is the first time you're thinking of it, or you're already on a journey into your past.

I'm moved by a general interest in history and a desire to find a connection with the people who came before me, the people who, when it comes right down to it, are the reason I am here today.

It's a longing to know more about my ancestors so I can better understand how they fit into my personal history and I can share stories with my children.

As far back as I can remember, I've had an interest in genealogy.

Fortunately for me, many of the things my grandmothers held on to are priceless and hold clues to my family's past.

From boxes with cosmetic jewelry with initials engraved on them, to family letters and cards, other documents with tidbits of information, photographs and more, so many items offer clues to my past.

The key is being able to interpret the clues and knowing where to look next.

Unfortunately, I'm not able to utilize many of the local resources available for genealogical research, most notably historical societies and town halls (in particular, the town clerk's offices). Like for many of you, much of my research is out-of-state and out of the country.

However, local resources are a great place to start your journey.

In fact, the Kent Historical Society will offer a beginner's genealogy workshop, "The ABC's of Genealogy," July 18 at 2 p.m.

Kent genealogist Fran Johnson will teach participants how to begin a search for ancestral lineage at town hall on Kent Green.

And if you can't make that meeting, consider stopping by the New Milford Public Library in September.

The library is reviving its Genealogy Group, with the first meeting to be held Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

The organizational meeting will give attendees a chance to get to know one another, browse the library's Connecticut History and Genealogy Room and discuss what types of programs and/or activities they would like to see in the future.

It's amazing what you find when you do some research on your family: some interesting facts and great stories.

If you choose to take the climb, enjoy the view!

For more information about the Kent workshop or to sign up, call 860-927-4587 or e-mail kenthistorical@att.net as soon as possible. Seating will be limited.

For more information about the Genealogy Group, call Margaret Kistinger, reference/information services librarian at the New Milford Public Library, at 860-355-1191, ext. 207, or e-mail her at mkistinger@biblio.org.