Our Family Stories

Preserve These "Memories"

  • "Evidence suggests that the more children know about their family history, the less anxiety, less depression and higher self-esteem they exhibit."
    Natalie Merrill PhD

  • “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”
    From the book, “Secret Life of Bees,” by Sue Monk Kidd

Stories, also called memories, are not long histories. They may be one paragraph, or a few paragraphs. A story should be "catchy", describing fun details about that person, an interesting experience, a personality quality, a personal challenge or struggle, and so forth.

Don't be afraid to use your own writing style. Don't worry about grammatical details, spelling, etc. You own the story and you can tell it how you would like. Think about a "moral" to the story you are writing. How would it help your posterity know more about this person, or about you? Can they learn from the story experience you are telling about? Will they learn something new and exciting about you or their ancestor? We all have had a rich heritage of life experiences, whether they are good or bad, that we can share with our posterity. Our posterity will know that their personal experiences may not be unlike our own.

Write Stories About Your Ancestors!

Stories help us relate to the lives of our living and deceased family members. They had their life experiences, challenges, successes, talents, and such that we also can learn from. We begin to know and understand them as well as become closer to them.

Can you imagine if the 15-20+ grandchildren each wrote a few "memories" or stories about their grandfather and put those stories into FamilySearch? With 50+ memories about him, his posterity can begin to better understand his life and will grow to emotionally connect with him.

Write About YOUR Story?

We also have our own heritage, our life challenges and successes that we need to share with our posterity. We should be active in preserving our thoughts, stories, and testimonies for our posterity to remember us by.

If you have trouble thinking of any specific stories, go through your old photos to help you remember some events in your life. Once you have a story in your mind, write it down and then SHARE it with your family. FamilySearch has a "Memories Section" where you can attach photos to the story and easily share this page with family. Along with the story, briefly share your feelings or life insights about that story with them as well.

Explore Sample Ancestral Stories

Explore Sample Personal Stories

Additional Resources


Our heritage and that of our ancestors will be lost to subsequent generations unless we actively take steps to preserve it.

Site Maintained by:

Stephen A Meyers
Idaho Falls, Idaho