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SALT LAKE CITY — Sean Astin shared his love of family and his newfound appreciation for genealogy Saturday during RootsTech family history and technology conference.
The “Lord of the Rings” actor explained how his family was with him while he was filming the trilogy and it helped him figure out who he was. At the time he had been struggling with his own identity, but his family is ultimately what helped him push forward.
“At the end of every great quest, what you learned when you fought dragons and had been in armies and done all these things, is that, really, the most important thing is your family and tilling your own soil,” Astin said.
He jokingly praised J.R.R. Tolkien as a “passionate faux-genealogist” because he wrote so much family history into his books.
Astin’s daughter Ali is passionate about genealogy and, over the last 7 years, has traveled to visit relatives to hear and record their life stories. He asked his daughter why she cared so much about genealogy, and Astin got choked up as he read her response.
“It’s the way to learn about the ancestors that live on through me,” she told him. “We are the key to our ancestors’ eternal life, and through my children, in a way, I’ll live forever. So it’s important to honor that.”
Astin admitted that up until he was asked to speak at RootsTech, he didn’t really care about family history. Even with his daughter who…