I’m sure that you are wondering what I’m talking about. Genealogy, of course! If you can, add true stories about your ancestors. Some of my favorite ancestors have come alive thanks to other family members adding interesting tidbits to the profile. Newspaper clippings are also great, but written memories are so much more personal and help paint a picture of who the person was.
This is also why I encourage you to keep a journal. Your kids and hopefully your grandkids will get to know you, but your gggrandkids probably will not. Discovering an old journal about deceased loved ones is a cherished find; along with photos and mementos. It can also help them when they’re trying to find that cousin you love who hasn’t been on a census in twenty years and you know he moved where no one could ever find him.
Whatever you do, do not lie and don’t emit anything. A lot of things have happened in the past that people aren’t proud of, but they happened. No matter what it was, the descendants of that person have a right to know.
Stories tie the past to the present. If you can add how people felt while they were doing something or going through something you will bring them back to life, even for a brief moment, for one of their descendants. That is an incredible feeling!
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