My father's cousin was kind enough to let me share this beautiful book she made for her family and share it with you.
I know when I look at our history and all that I could do, I feel overwhelmed about where to start. Instead of trying to tell one particular ancestor's how life story, Julie picked one or two from different ancestors to share. I have not stopped thinking about it since I saw the book, one or two stories not a life history. That is how I approach my posts here or on Instagram so why do I look at family history differently? I can easily tell a story about each of my grandparents and great-grandparents and if not there are resources like FamilySearch Memories or this perfect site, which I would love to see someone make into an app, All my stories. It also reminds me to realize once again how important it is to include the stories, so we have something to share. I have not been very good about that either, but I am going to start today.
When I teach, I always say we each have 10 minutes to tell one story, so that is my goal. 10 minutes every day. One story.
Julie included photos of our different ancestors in her stories; again you can find many on FamilySearch Memories. My great-great-grandparents and my great-grandfather and his brother are featured on this page.
I have been thinking about which stories I want to include and found myself worrying about if they would be the right ones to add. As I write this, I realize what a waste it was to worry because I could make always make a second book and then a third book if I wanted. I don't have to make them chronological or themed. I could just tell our stories in a way that my children and family might want to read them.
Another excellent idea Julie incorporated was using the artistic talents of her family. Imagine the treasure created if each of your children or grandchildren helped illustrate one of the stories. Wendy Nelson shared such an example at RootsTech this year, well technically FamilyDiscovery day. She created a children's book using one story and had her nieces and nephews each illustrate a page. You can watch and see her example here.
Imagine how much more meaningful it would be for our children if they participated in such a project? I am going to ask the family tonight at dinner; it's something I want to do and having my children remind me and help me will certainly help motivate me.
- One story every day (your story or that of an ancestor)
- 10 minutes
- Keep it simple
Each person, no matter how ordinary, has extraordinary memories to share.
Also if you are looking for more motivation as to why share family history with your children visit this page. There are so many beautiful stories and suggestions.