Remember this article I wrote about a simple notebook that belonged to my great grandfather Refugio Salinas?
Well, there is more to the story. See when I was writing it, I wanted to verify some of the facts that I remembered from the stories my grandmother had told me. For some reason, my mother was unavailable and unfortunately with Guelita's Alzheimer it's hard to ask her things, so I call my aunt. She confirmed some facts and added/corrected others, and it went to print.
After it had been published an interesting thing happened, my mother, many of my uncles and aunts started telling me about the things I had written incorrectly. Slight variations of the same story. Even the memories in which my grandmother had shared the experience with them was different. Of course, it would be different depending on the circumstances in their lives. Two people hearing the same story will remember it differently.
This situation proved to me once again how important it is to write down our experiences. Even if it's been many years and some of the details are fuzzy, you were there, and you are the person who can give the most accurate account of what happened. Perhaps it won't be a complete account, but it will be recorded, and that is of great value.
After hearing all the slight variations of Guelito Cuco's murder, I have a greater understanding not only of my grandmother but my mother and her siblings. I am also thankful that somewhere along the way a copy of the newspaper article about his death was saved. It gives a more accurate description of the events that transpired and helped build the narrative that future generations will appreciate when they log into FamilySearch and learn more about my great-grandfather.