“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 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.
Explore two examples of stories about my ancestors with photos in the left menu bar.
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.
Take some time to write some brief memories about your life experiences, and then SHARE them with your posterity. Along with the story, share your testimony, feelings, or life insights with them as well.
Explore two personal stories written with photos attached in the left menu bar.
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 experience of their ancestor? Will they learn something new and exciting about you or their ancestor? We, or our ancestors, have had a rich heritage of life experiences, whether they are good or bad, that we can share with our posterity. They will know that their personal experiences may not be unlike our own, or those of our posterity.