There seems to be a spectrum of family history writing, ranging from "I don't want to write anything" to "I want to publish the definitive book about my ancestors." No matter where you might fall in that range, there's a common fallacy that might be keeping you from writing your family history.
You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and money tracing your family tree. Not to be morbid, but have you thought about what happens to all of that when you’re gone? Don’t leave things to chance. Here are 5 ways to preserve your genealogy research. Continue reading
Family history is more than a list of names and dates. It’s also the stories and memories that surround ourselves and our ancestors. I recently spoke with Curt Witcher, senior manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He shared his theories on why we should preserve family stories and how we can do it.
(If you can't see the video above, you can watch it on YouTube.)
Preserving Family Stories and Living Memory: Highlights:
- Everyone has a story.
- Stories, letters, etc. add color and context to our genealogy; they can also help us with ideas for research. (See my posts "Don't Burn Your Family Letters When You Declutter" and "How to Preserve Old Letters.")
- World War II letters between George Miller and Mabel Poth — all 18,000+ images of them!
- In your research, record why you were looking for someone.
- Find a method of recording stories that you will keep doing. If the method you chose doesn't work for you, try something else.
"The best thing that you can do is to do."
How do you preserve your family stories and living memory? Share your method in the comments below.