Sharing Family History: Collect and share family stories

Sharing Family History: Collect and share family storiesBy Barry J. Ewell

Collect and share family histories

  • When an ancestor does not have his /or her history written, research and write their history for them.
  • If there are a number of ancestors whose histories need to be written, ask others in your family to select one or two that they would like to write.
  • It is amazing how many of the family want to have these histories.

Tell stories
Tell stories about your life and the lives of your ancestors.

  • Integrate facts and dates with interesting information, humorous details, and unusual facts about real people.
  • Make it a common occurrence around the dinner table, in the car, or at bedtime.
  • Tell stories of ancestors who traveled across the ocean and trekked out to the Wild West or who stayed in the east and started a whole town or built bridges.
  • Learn about your ancestors in the context of the world they lived in. Use resources like Wikipedia or to find information about a specific place and time.
  • Young children like to make believe stories so tell adventure stories of your ancestors like war stories, migration & immigration stories. Tell princess & knight stories about how your ancestors met and got married.
  • Teens like stories about friends, relationships and moral judgments. Teenagers can relate to and apply these situations in their lives now.
  • Tell stories of personal conflict, ethical decisions and moral choices.
  • Children who are over twenty years old have an interest in your life experiences. They are interested in knowing about you. Who are you and why? What influence did those from generations past have in your life?