Kinship : Who Are We?

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Who Are We?
Kinship can help define who we are, through the values we subscribe to, where we live, and even our political and religious beliefs. Kinship, or families, are a part of all societies, and has been said to be the most basic of all social institutions—it is how people of different cultures categorize the people they are connected to, and that has a lot of influence on a person’s life. But kinship doesn’t always equal family. I’ve heard the phrase, “she is like kin to us.” That’s because ‘kin’ is actually a synonym for ‘related.’ Fathers and sons, aunts and nieces, brothers and cousins are all examples of kinship. In American culture the question of “who are you” has become more about what kind of work you do and less about who your family is. I believe that stems from the American concept of being a self-made man—a departure from more European assessment of who you “are” based on who your ancestors were. Below is my family genealogy (or as best as I can approximate it).
1st Generation:
Martha E Conroy (maiden name?) was born in Burnett, Wisconsin in 1912. She was married to Thomas E. Conroy. She had four children, James, Donald, Dorothy, and Betty.
Thomas E. Conroy was born in Wisconsin approximately 1904. He was married to Martha Conroy. He has four children. He died

2nd Generation:
Nancy Lee Anger was born in Racine, Wisconsin on November 28, 1934. She was a foster child of Landford and Marie Jennings. She married Bill Johnson on June 1, 1957. She died at age
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