Think Seven Generations to come.... around the year 2200
"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart.
I'll stay there
— A.A. Milne
your great, great, great, great grandchildren
think when they read your family story? Will they wonder what life was like in the 1940's, 50's, 60's
.....2000's, 2050's, 2100...... you bet!
The table below stretches over seven generations and hundreds, even thousands of descendants. (An average
of 2 children over 7 generations = 128 descendants, 3 = 2187 and 4 = 16,384!!).
Through your stories they will see your world as you see and remember it. This is a gift like no other. To them you
will become more than a name, a couple of dates and a few places on a family tree.
Adapted from "Envisioning Seven Generations" by CJ Madigan
(I made some basic assumptions for the sake of clarity, each generation is 25
years etc. You can adjust it to suit your family but the principle remains - seven generations is
Let's put this in context!
Working backwards from today, 200 years would put us in 1811 - before the Battle of Waterloo (1815) and
just 23 years after Phillip arrived in Sydney Cove to establish the colony of New South Wales (1788).
250 years would take us back to 1761 and predate the French Revolution (1789), Capt.Cook's discovery of
Australia (1770), the American Declaration of Independence (1776), the Battle of Waterloo (1815). and the US
Civil War (1861-65).
Even 150 years (1862) still has Queen Victoria less than halfway through her reign, the American Civil War was a
year old (1861-65), it would be decades before electricity was commonplace, the telephone invented, the
Wright Brothers first flight, let alone automobiles, computers and television etc.
Don’t you think that we would love to know how our ancestors lived through these times? What was their
day to day life like? What did they eat? Did the children go to school? Just how they lived without many of
all of the things we take for granted? The same applies to you and I.
And you think they won't be interested in your stories?
People frequently say to me: "Oh, nobody’s interested in hearing about my life. My kids are busy with their jobs
and their families and the grandchildren are too young to care". That may all be true now but it won’t be true
forever.....and it is so easy to save our family stories today.
My mission is to help you gather and preserve the stories that
have made your family the unique
family it is today and to help you tell these
stories in a way which will make them live as your legacy through the generations to come.
Whether you put your stories in a book, in a secure online vault (or both) the
secret lies in doing a little bit at a time - one
story per week is 50+ a year....
Let's get started!