What is genealogy? Why is genealogy important?

The benefits of genealogy extend far beyond the genealogists directly involved in this science. It promotes deeper and broader knowledge and insight into local, national and international historical events.
Most genealogists produce manuscripts and publish books about their research or share information via the internet, and consequently spread this knowledge around the world - at the same time making a contribution to the broader knowledge and understanding of South Africa.
The resources that those who preserve and help preserve are of historical and educational importance not only to genealogists but also to a variety of researchers in other disciplines.
The medical, scientific, academic (for example sociology, anthropology, psychology, writing and art), as well as the forensic community, increasingly call on genealogical support.