Genealogy: An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own. - Ambrose Bierce

A man's ancestry is a positive property to him. - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Many a family tree needs trimming. - Kin Hubbard

If you would civilize a man, begin with his grandmother. - Victor Hugo

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born. - William Ralph Inge

I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. - Abraham Lincoln

He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another.  - Seneca