Preserve Your Family’s History!
By Nancy Ann
Every person, every family, has its own unique story to tell. Never think that yours are not interesting. Just imagine how many lives Laura Ingalls Wilder touched and influenced. She had no idea that her humble biography would one day become a best-selling set of books, let alone a famous television series!
Perhaps your family stories won’t receive the attention that Mrs. Wilder’s did, but there are many people who will get enjoyment from reading about your history, especially your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. Wouldn’t you love to be reading a journal that your great-grandmother wrote when she was just a young girl?!
I started keeping my journal when my second child was born. That was 28 years ago. I have a large stack of wire-bound notebooks that are filled with facts and memories that otherwise would have been forgotten. I noted simple day to day things, such as gardening or a new pet. As well as events in the news, such as the day when the Challenger was launched.
My journals were not a personal diary filled with my innermost secrets, rather, I wrote it for my family. If you have a journal that was penned by a grandfather, grandmother, uncle, etc…consider yourself very fortunate! And I urge you to take on the task to either scan it or type it up for others in your family to read and preserve! If somebody doesn’t do that, all of those memories are likely to be lost or destroyed. Start keeping your own journal, encourage your kids to do so, too.
If your family does not have such journals, then reach out to your elders. Sit with them and really talk to them. Learn more about your family history before it’s too late. An easy way to do this is to record your conversations with your cellphone or Mp3. (Of course, let them know that your conversation is being recorded.) Later, you can sit down, listen to the recording, and review any notes that you had taken. Then start compiling your family’s history. Try to get some photographs, too!
If you don’t take the time and effort to do this, who will?