Over the course of 2017, I have been pursuing several growth opportunities that have become available to me. One area I have been focused intently is writing and storytelling in order to practice and improve the monthly content for the blog as well as improve in writing about our ancestors. Among those I have already completed is Lisa Alzo’s writing courses entitled THE WRITE STUFF.
As I pondered what subjects I wanted to write about, I kept feeling the need to record the memories from my childhood as well as write down the stories my parents told me growing up. Over the summer I began posting a few of the stories I could remember, each of which prompted recollection of other memories I will be writing about in the future.
Last February I was a virtual attendee to the 2017 RootsTech Conference. There were several new companies which were recently formed with their mission to encourage storytelling through various methods, including phone apps and computer software. Some of these ideas can be found at Family Tree Magazine or reviewing the RootsTech 2017 archived sessions.
Whether it was through the many letter exchanges or during the infrequent visits during my youth, my grandfather shared many stories of his own which at the time I did not fully appreciate. He spoke about people who had lived before I was born and had long since passed away. His stories were usually about unfamiliar topics, mostly involving neighbors or people he worked with. I did not see a need to give them much attention unless they were directly connected to me, but certainly regret not having the foresight to see their importance at the time.
I will be sorting through his letters and compiling into stories for future blog posts. Another story idea was generated by grandmother’s diary which details of when she and my grandfather met as well as his entry into military service.
Since ancient times, families learned of their past through sharing of stories through oral tradition. As part of our interviewing exercise, it is highly recommended to prompt our eldest living ancestors to share their stories before their own memories begin to fade and the story is lost to the ages.
While I know I could never tell the stories the same way as my parents did, I hope to at least pass on as many of the stories they shared with me as possible. Think of stories that your parents or grandparents have told you that would make an interesting writing project and share your ideas in the comments.