Often when a genealogist tries to explain their fascination with family history to a non-believer, they get this "You've gotta be kidding!" look. Sometimes it's just hard to get through.
About twenty or so years ago, when I was a newby, we were visiting friends and relatives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and, as part of our visit, we toured the Amana Colonies historic site not far away. I found an interesting postcard that I bought and have posted in my den ever since. Written by Christian Metz, one of the Amana pioneers, it just puts genealogy in simple terms: