Here are ten reasons to start today:
- First person narratives are important as they can cover seven generations of your family – backwards through your parents, grandparents and, in some families, great grandparents down to you, your children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren.
- Family trees are abstract – it’s the personal stories about family members that add the flowers and foliage to the basic births, deaths and marriages recorded via your family tree.
- Memories fade or become distorted with age, meaning that writing your family history is your chance to set the record straight. Was great uncle Harry a war hero or did he spend the war as a quartermaster in the store?
- More stories about the women in your family are important, as many of them undertook jobs previously done by men during hard times such as the Great Depression or WWII, before returning to the homemaking role or finding work outside the home.
- Knowing where you come from helps to guide you into the future, providing you with the wisdom passed down through your family, and, via you, on to your own children.
- Every family has memorabilia with associated stories to pass on to selected younger family members. Knowing the stories behind Nan’s pearl necklace enables your daughter to cherish them and remember Nan each time she wears them.
- You can preserve family personalities and characteristics – describing Grandpa’s twinkling forget-me-not eyes helps family members to understand this physical feature. Great aunt Ruby’s gift as a storyteller and writer may appear in a younger generation.
- Stories of less affluent times are important to record, providing future generations with a role model to use when life becomes grim. Did Dad take on a second job to help ends meet or maybe Mum worked from home baking biscuits for the local café?
- Your family was involved in their community, through local activities as school P & F associations, Scouts or Guides, service clubs like Apex or Rotary or maybe they served on their local council? These stories are an important part of your family history and provide a role model for younger generations.
- Create a strong family bond, by writing your own family stories so that the next generation knows some character traits and history about previous generations of their family and their own place in the community.
Make a start on your own family story collection today!