Thank you for the opportunity to share some thoughts about 13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories, 2nd Edition. My primary interest is encouraging everyone doing family history and genealogy research to share their findings. The workbook shares 13 different ways to tell your stories and provides a worksheet for each of the ways to help you be more effective in your sharing. Blogs, like this, are one of the ways, of course.
But what do I have to tell, you may ask. Let's talk about that briefly. You have two parents and four grandparents, if you are normal. However, who among us is normal? Chances are, your personal situation will have some variances even among these 'six' people - I'll bet there is a story or two there. We each have eight great-grandparents and sixteen great-grandparents. Do you know all of them? You very well may, but I will suggest that most of your family members do not. A story opportunity. Where did they each live? How did each of the couples get together? What did they do? How did they get there? Did they live in the city or on a farm or ranch? How much education did they each receive? Where and how? What religion were they affiliated with - or not? What impact did it have on their lives. How many different occupations were represented in this group? You do have stories to tell!
My wife and I have found two aspects of family history stories where many great stories reside: 1) aunts and uncles, and 2) the women's side of each couple. In years past, children often spent time with aunts and uncles - often on the mother's side of the family. Some were even raised by them. If you don't know a lot about the mother's side, her siblings and their spouses, you are missing many great stories. Has this been your experience, as well? If you are still getting started, don't miss this very special set of folks. It may take a little more digging, but it is always worth the effort.
If you are still reading this, I hope you will use it as inspiration to share your stories. Start small so that you will do it. If you have already started, keep up the good work. If you've been doing it for a long time, thank you very much. Share a story today! ;-)