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PO Box 624 Bouse, AZ 85325


The Bouse Genies is an organization made up of amateur and professional family historians and genealogists dedicated to the study and preservation of family history.We invite members and visitors who want to share our interest in family history and genealogical research to our meetings, classes, and special events. Most of our members are researching family lines, but we share a common interest in family history and research skills. We treasure those wonderful discoveries about elusive ancestors and cheer each other in the search for more information. Visitors are always welcome at meetings, classes, and activities.

Genealogy is a curiosity for most, a hobby for many and an obsession for some. Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree. Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought. Knowledge of the specific factors that motivate people to research their ancestors, however, can be a source of inspiration and support when the inevitable roadblocks and brick walls become a factor. What motivates the broader genealogy community is also helpful in understanding the future direction of ancestral research.


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Below are some of the main practical triggers as to why people search for their ancestors:

Validate Family Stories – To determine if family stories about their ancestors are true.

Famous People – To find out if they are related to someone famous.

Historical Event – To gain a better understanding of an ancestor’s involvement in a famous historical event.

Trace Medical Conditions –To assess the risk of getting certain medical conditions that run in families.

Trace a Family Inheritance –To determine genealogical proof of a family connection for potential heirs.

Trace Land Ownership - To settle questions of land ownership by providing proof of descent.

Trace a Family Portrait - To see why someone bears a strong resemblance to an ancestor in an old family portrait.

Find Birth Parents – To determine the birth parents of an adopted child. Alternatively, to find children given up for adoption.

Proof of Paternity – To determine the biological father of a child.

Religious Tenet –To satisfy the tenets of the religion. The most notable example is the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

Community History – To document a community history by understanding the families that founded and influenced the community.

Historic Studies – To provide insight into history through the scholarly study of a famous family, such as a royal family.


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