Telling the story of our lives is an important part of any genealogy project. This is a great way for us to celebrate our family heritage and to give future generations the opportunity to better connect with us through the words of our stories. We can pass this information down in books, videos and audio recordings that give them a chance to hear our voices and to feel an incredible and powerful bond to us, even after we have passed on.
Passing the Stories of Our Lives to the Next Generation
As we tell the story of our lives, it is important to consider what information will give our loved ones the most information about our family. It should inspire them and capture their interest so they take away a great deal about the family from the family history. It can be very beneficial to make sure events that have impacted the family for generations are discussed so there is a better understanding of the family. With that, anticipate any additional questions that may come up so as many answers as possible are touched on in the recording. This will then be a valuable resource of information your family will continue to cherish 100s of years from now.
If you know them, some key areas to touch on in your family history include:
- Immigration and migration experiences
- Life when you were young and the evolution of such things as technology
- Any members of the family who died in the war or wars you experienced
- Rags to riches stories
As with any good story, you will want to focus on a starting point and go through a series of events in chronological order. Provide as much detail as you can. That way, future generations can also benefit from the information contained in the story. If possible, include records and documents that will help with authenticity of the story and give researchers in future generations something to go on.
Above all, the story of our lives is personal, so share it in a personal manner. Family members who listen to your recordings, review your videos and read your tale will want to learn all they can about you. Celebrate who you are and your experiences with the family. Enjoy the time you spend making the recording as it help you in sharing the incredible story you hold within your mind. The memories and details you share will be priceless to the people who get to share your story and celebrate the recollection of your experiences with you.
Ken Burns: On Story from Redglass Pictures on Vimeo.