We had a nice 5th Sunday presentation about Family History. I like the quote that was mentioned. It was to the effect that family history is the dash between the dates. (i.e. birthdate and death date)
I’m glad I’ve been so faithful about updating my blog. Sometimes, I should probably write more meaningful stuff. In two days, I will be doing my last blog entry for 2013. After that, this blog will be printed in a book form and added to the collection of books on the coffee table.
I wish some of my ancestors would have been better about keeping a written record. As far as I know, my parents and grandparents didn’t keep journals (with the exception of Grandpa Knowles’ mission journal). I do have the journal of my great-grandfather’s 2nd wife. Although not related in lineage, she sheds great insight as to the type of man my great-grandfather was.
Genealogy is the lineage and descendants of your ancestors. Family history are the stories about their lives.
Now, had I not known Grandpa Knowles personally, I wouldn’t know a whole lot about the man. But, I was fortunate to spend the 1st 10 years of my life with him on a regular basis – almost daily.
And, so it is with my grandmother. Fortunately, I got to know her better because she outlived my grandfather by 10+ years.
The family history work falls upon those of us who knew these people. If we don’t record it, that history will be lost, and what a tragedy that will be.
So, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, write it down, type it up, video it, record it, do something to preserve those stories. Generations to come will thank you for having done so.