Genealogy is history and there are lessons to be learned.
Genealogy is entertainment -- a mystery to be unraveled or a puzzle to be solved.
Genealogy is a way of connecting with family in the here and now.
Genealogy is a way of understanding the contributions of those who came before us and our obligations to those who come after us.
Genealogy is a way of honoring the individual life of an ordinary person.
And on like that.