Creating Genealogy Memories

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Write Your Own Story

As many of us spend countless hours digging in and uncovering the layers of family history supplied by various lines and connecting them together, an amazing story begins to come together of our ancestors. We find historical events they played part in. Their lives begin to tell us of their struggles and their occupations that fed their families. A story of their lives emerges and we feel a connection to a generation we will never meet but rather they are the reason we exist here and now.

The deeper you go into the world of genealogy, as I am doing now, it becomes clear that although our ancestors did not write down the events of their lives, we have an advantage they didn't. We can write our own story and create the history of our lives to pass on to our children, who will share it with their children after we are gone. Our events become history for them.

We have the technology today to write and publish our own books. One of the ways I like to use my MyMemories Scrapbooking software is to design the pages of "Our Story". It's for our sons, telling them the story of how their father and I met, our lives together before they were born and their lives as growing up. I think this is a wonderful way to pass on your individual family history.

 I've organized our family pictures into groups of events by years. This made it easier to begin telling our story. It also helped bring back memories of events so that the story just came back and began to flow. It's amazing how much history we gather in our lives over the years. You will be surprised at how fast the pages add up as well. Below are a few example of some of the pages I have completed to introduce a new event in our family history.





This is the page introducing our time spent in Ome, Japan when Doug was on his second tour in Japan.




This page documents our visit to one of the lakes located near Mt. Fuji when our eldest son was 4 years old.





This page documents the month and year we left Japan for Doug's new duty station at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.


Scrapbooking, whether you do it digitally or create your own manually, is lots of fun. There are so many things you can create unique books about. My granddaughter likes to draw and post her drawings for me. I like to take save her pictures and little sayings her mother posts on social media about things my granddaughter says and does. I add them to my scrapbook I am working on about and for my granddaughter. When she is older, it will be a special memory from me that she will always remember. I hope I have inspired you today to search through your family photos and prepare them so you can put together your story.