323Family Stories - The Stories Are The Key
- Nov 12, 2008The family stories are the key. You have been collecting dry bits of
information and facts for some time. Your search for your ancestors has
given you a glimpse into the past. But the research can also be
frustrating and intimidating. What do I do with these facts? How do I
present this information so that everyone can appreciate the challenges
and sacrifices that my ancestors made? The facts take time to collect,
but the stories pop up at the most unexpected times and are the key to
making your tree come alive for the rest of your family.
Your family history, your heritage, is more than just dates and places.
Our challenge, as family historians, is to not only discover the
ancestors' names and dates but to research and find the stories that
each one of them left behind. The stories may be in scrapbooks and
Family Bibles in our Grandmother's front room or in newspaper articles
that were published decades ago. Still other stories may be recorded in
history books or even heritage group publications....