Sunday, April 8, 2018

Remember the Living

While working on a family tree, it's so easy to get wrapped up in how far back one can trace their ancestry.  We would all like to know if we have roots dating back to the colonial days and from which country did our ancestors emigrate, if at all.  There seems to be a deep-rooted need in some of us to know where we come from, like it defines who we are today.  But sometimes that leads us to overlook the obvious - those family members who are right here with us today.  How many times
have I said, "I wish I had asked...while so-and-so was still alive?"

That's why it is so important to record EVERYTHING.  Get your family together as much as possible.  Get photos of everyone when you can.  Ask those questions you have.  Keep all those birth announcements, graduation announcements, wedding invitations.

Recording family history that is happening now may be more important than researching the past.  One day our great-grandchildren will be thankful that we did.

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