Record Your Family History

Preserve family heritage through stories and photos for future generations.

| July/August 2010

  • Learning Family History
    Grandparents and great-grandparents will enjoy the opportunity to share stories of their lives with younger family members. Mitchell

  • Learning Family History

When I was growing up, my maternal grandmother told us stories about her life in Sweden. She shared with us her memories of Swedish Christmases, telling of how poor her family had been and how, as children, they were happy to get candy or fruit.

Sadly, none of her stories were written down, and, now that my children are asking about their great-grandparents, I find myself trying to recall particular details. Unfortunately, I’m often unable to.

I wish I would have written down those interesting stories and remembrances my grandmother shared with me. I now realize that each of our lives needs to be recorded so future generations will know what it was like to live in our particular day and age.

My grandmother used to say, “There was nothing good about the ‘good old days,’” then she would explain. She would tell me how it took days to do the family wash and that everything had to be ironed, and how my grandfather had to shovel coal from the coal bin to keep the furnace going.

Scribe those stories

Most children will eventually be interested in learning about the family they are a part of. They’ll want to know about wisdom and traditions, how and where their family lived, and what the world was like for them. Knowing these things gives a sense of belonging.

It’s not difficult to preserve history. Just write down, type, or voice record your stories. Talk about your childhood and school days, what your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings were like, about your work and travel, and how things have changed over the years.

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