"We will lose 90% of all the stories of our ancestors after 3 generations, if those stories are not written down."
“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
"Evidence suggests that the more children know about their family history, the less anxiety, less depression and higher self-esteem they exhibit." By Natalie Merrill PhD
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.
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.
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.
From the story page you would like to share with family, click on the "Share" link as seen in the image below. A dropdown list of share options appears. If you use Facebook, Twitters, or Pinterest to share items, choose one of these. More typically, you will either be Emailing OR Texting your family members.
Clicking on the Email link will open up your email client, like Outlook, Apple Mail, or whatever app you use. If you work from inside a browser like with gmail, Yahoo, etc, this link will not work for you.
The "Copy Link" option is often actually the easiest to use. By copying the link, you can paste it into EITHER a new email OR into a new text message, and send it off to your family.
What happens on THEIR end? When they click on the link, the FamilySearch webpage you shared will open up. They will not even have to log into FamilySearch. Isn't that great? Your grandchildren will not even need an account to see what you have shared with them.