Today’s Tip: Don’t forget your own stories!
I love wheedling stories out of folks! I love to hear about when they were young, who they interacted with, what family was like then, what games they played, how they spent their time.
Last night my daughter said to me: “Dad, you have some great stories yourself. Don’t forget to write them down.”
Funny thing. As often as I am bugging others to share their stories, I had not thought to do it myself!
Well, you know the the old saying about the goose and the gander and the shoemaker’s children …. so I spent much of last night adding my stories to my profile in our electronic family tree. I love the software I use precisely because there is an unlimited, freestyle space for notes with each person.
First, I started with the basics: Every address I have lived at …. including college, extended summer trips, etc. Not an easy memory task for sure, but a whole lot of fun!
Then I started in on the early memories. The holidays, the birthdays, the vacations, the simple, but special times (like in the workshop with my dad and that every time I smell sawdust I think of him fondly), and more.
The more I worked on this, the more I remembered and the more I captured! I had almost forgotten when my eldest sister told me there was no Santa … I was all of 7 years old. So many other memories poured forth!
I even recalled and found the daily journal I kept for a semester at college. Now that was ugly, but good to find!
So ….. as you capture your ancestors and ancestry, don’t forget you own submissions!
No one else can do it for you!
Onward To Our Past,