What can history do for you?
Your name might never be in a history book but because you are alive you are already a part of history. Just as history can help governments and business, history can also help you.
By using historical research you can find out more about your family's background. Through your surname you can trace your family's history and maybe even discover what one of your ancient ancestor's job was. If your surname is Smith, then it is likely that one of your ancestors that lived hundreds of years ago was a blacksmith, or a goldsmith, or someone else who worked with metal. Lots of our most common surnames, in all languages, come from place names, nicknames and jobs. It is a fun way of learning more about your family history to investigate where your surname may have come from. Looking at your family history can also help you find out where your family is from, where they have lived and what your ancestors may have been like. Not only is it fun but it gives you roots and connects you with the past. Refer Image1
Doctors will often ask their patients about their family history as some diseases are hereditary, meaning they are passed down through the family. Knowing your family history can be important as it could help prevent you from developing a condition like heart disease. If you know there is a history of heart attacks in your family then you will look after your heart better in the future.
Do you keep a diary? Did you ever think that by keeping a diary historians could one day use what you write to understand more about this time in history? If you keep a diary you are recording your history. In a few hundred or even a thousand years time, your diary could be used by historians to find out more about life in Australia at the beginning of the 21st century. What you wear, what you read and watch and the food you eat will all be of interest to the historian of the future. What people write about their lives now will help future generations to know more about their past and where they come from.
Anne Frank was just an average, normal 14-year-old girl who kept a diary in which she wrote her day-to-day life and her secrets. But Anne Frank's diary has become one of the most famous ever written. Her diary is special because it helps us know more about what it was like being a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis in World War II Holland. What would your diary help someone know more about? Refer Image2
The skills that you learn in studying history can help you in your life or in your future career. Studying history gives you useful skills as well as knowledge of the past. Gathering evidence, writing that evidence out in a way that is clear and concise and then coming to conclusions based on that evidence are skills that we all need. You do not have to get a job in a museum or as a teacher to use the skills that you will learn by studying history.