Family History Stories
"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness." - Alex Haley, Roots
Genealogy is quickly becoming more popular than gardening or quilting. In fact, researching your family tree is North America’s fastest growing hobby. Sixty percent of the American population is interested in their family history.
But Genealogy is more than research.
Family history is learning about the people, places and times your family comes from. This knowledge opens doors of self-awareness and discovery that tie us to our roots and give us hope for the future.
Why is Family History so popular?
Kim Farah, spokeswoman for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, says genealogy’s popularity is “…universal, it crosses all faiths and cultures. Finding out who you are is in each of us. The positive benefits of knowing our heritage, of the sacrifices others have made for us, gives us a sense of responsibility and self-esteem."
It is “back to school” time and I think of all that we do as we prepare our kids to go. Lots of school shopping for back packs, supplies, and name brand clothing. How nice if it was just simple. There is always a worry about who my kid’s teacher is going to be. Will they teach my child well? My husband’s 2nd Great Grandfather Benajah Julius Record shared some experiences when he was a boy and attended school.
Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Isn’t this statement so true? I feel that it can be true to every single person. If you had a wonderful mother, who was everything that a mother should be than you want to be like her, thank her by having a wonderful life. There are some who didn’t have such wonderful mothers, who maybe made the wrong choices and that weren’t around. But you still owe everything that you learned to that person. Your experiences growing up made you the person who you are today, good and bad.
They say a picture says a thousand words, so what does your Instagram account say? When Instagram came out I thought it was an amazing idea. We have so much access to record our lives. I often feel like words aren’t needed. A picture can say more than words could do justice. It can show time period, emotion, and an insight into others lives.
When you think of Dr. Seuss you usually think of crazy characters, made up words and green eggs and ham. Every time I think of Dr. Seuss I think creativity and inspiration. Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904. My family likes to celebrate his birthday every year. We read his stories, eat a crazy themed meal and they always get a new book. One day while reading one of his books I realized all the great advice he gives and that it can pertain to so many things in our lives. Dr. Seuss gives great advice on genealogy.
Love is what everyone longs for, to have someone care about you and willing to do anything for you. We look at couples throughout history some lived on this earth and others just on the pages of a book. There’s Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy, Tristan and Isolde, Pocahontas and John Smith, and Romeo and Juliet. Is there someone in your life who’s love you admire?
"I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen." - Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Why do we tell stories? What is the purpose? I feel that everyone tells stories for their own reasons. Just as we all need to hear stories for different reasons, some people for inspiration and there are those who need to learn something. I love the song by Brandi Carlile called The Story.
All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true... I was made for you
Growing up, I learned some important advice from my dad that I never forgot:
- You don't tug on superman's cape
- You don't spit into the wind
- You don't pull the mask off the old lone ranger
- And you don't mess around with Jim
Having a heritage to pass on to the next generation is a priceless gift and a tremendous responsibility.
"There is no better heritage than a good name that a [parent] can bequeath to [their] children.
Nor is there in a family any richer heirloom than that of a noble ancestor.
We are the guardians of the treasures of the past, with the high duty to preserve them
and pass them on the generations yet future." - Jessie H. Lindsey