Family History is meaningful when we preserve the perishable and share our stories. There will always be time to find a new relative to add to the tree (and often it takes considerable effort to do so), but saving and preserving our family history is my top priority. Here are 9 tasks that I do regularly to ensure our family history is captured and preserved for my children, grandchildren, and cousins.
Here are nine ways that I preserve family history for my descendants.
- Scanning family photos and organize them
- Photographing possessions of myself and my children’s ancestors
- Keeping a family journal/blog
- Writing the stories of my ancestors using A Recipe for Writing Family History
- Give DNA tests for my extended family
- Organize my physical and digital files
- Creating scrapbooks of our family life and the lives of our ancestors
- Upload sources, memories, and documents to FamilySearch
- Creating video segments about our ancestors and our lives
Sometimes a list isn’t sufficient. Below you’ll find videos, posts, and books that detail how I do each of these steps. I’ll share a few lines to my favorite tips and invite you to tackle some of these preservation/sharing projects with your descendants. You’ll be glad you did!
1. Scanning family photos and organize them
2. Photographing possessions of myself and my children’s ancestors
3. Keeping a family journal/blog
4. Writing the stories of my ancestors using A Recipe for Writing Family History
5. Give DNA tests for my extended family
6. Organize my physical and digital files
7. Creating scrapbooks of our family life and the lives of our ancestors
8. Upload sources, memories, and documents to FamilySearch
9. Creating video segments about our ancestors and our lives
There are so many things you can do to preserve family history for your descendants. Pick something and begin. Then, you can add additional projects as the mood strikes.
Thanks to Elizabeth O’Neal for the June Blog Party challenge. Here’s her intro to the party “Whether you’ve been researching your family history for 3 years or 30 years, your research is precious to you. Think about how hard you’ve worked: the brick walls, the emails from previously-unknown cousins, the late night happy dances, What will happen to your research after you’re gone?”
To contribute to the party, write a post, visit the Party Hub at this link: June Blog Party: Remember the Descendants.
The visit and comment on other blog party contributor’s posts and enjoy the inspiration.