In addition to finding the names, dates and place names of our ancestors, an equally important part of family history is the gathering family stories. One of the best places to begin this quest, is to begin be recording your own story.
When my husband became terminally ill, I asked him to write his life history so our children would know about him. I told him that if he didn’t tell his own story, they would only have my version. I guess it must have made him nervous because he got up the very next morning and began typing. He stuck to it for days. As new memories came back, he added those. After his death, he left us with a legacy of his life, his dreams and some valuable lessons. We treasure it. What a wonderful gift he left us.
Think about it. Who is better qualified to tell your story than you? And of those close to you, who is better qualified to share your observations of others around you, than you? Gather the stories and put them together for your family.
My mother wrote her life story, typed single spaced with no margins using an old Royal Manual typewriter. She brought it to me almost apologetically saying that she had such an ordinary life that no one would be interested. She asked me to retype it on the computer and made me promise not to show it to anyone – not even my brothers – until she was gone.