30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 4

Day 4 - Your Top 10 Stories There are many ways to document your life and many people start by doing it chronologically. Being married to a professional Safety Man, I have learned to look ahead and picture the worst case scenario, always asking, "What if?" What's the worse case scenario in this case? You die tomorrow or something happens to you and your best stories are locked inside of you. Depressing, but it doesn't have to be. It motivates me to get a move on it! People may piece together your vital records - but your stories, the ones you most valued will remain untold unless you do something now to prevent it. Let's begin with what's most important first - the stories you value most. Some are going to say, "10 stories! I don't have 10 stories." Others will say, "10 stories! Only 10 stories, how am I going to narrow it down to 10?" Either way, let's start with 10. Top 10 Stories Criteria: the 10 stories you would most regret having left untold or recorded events, Continue reading

How Do You Measure Your Success in Family History?

How Do You Measure Your Success in Family History?

Creative CommonsThere are many ways to measure success in family history. Some count the number of "leaves on the branches", while others count the branches.For me, there is only one success that really matters...I want my family to care about their ancestors, their legacy and heritage. Now, I don't expect them to care as much as I do, but, I do aim for just a bit of understanding, maybe a little aha... that's why you do this. Last weekend, I got such a moment. I had my parents stay the weekend for Easter. Since it was my house and I controlled the remote, we watched Who Do You Think You Are. My parents have never watched the show before and my mom was visibly moved by the episode. I waited for my father to say something equally moving about the story presented, so you can imagine my utter shock when he says, "I don't get it. Why would anyone care about the past?" Excuse me?! Never mind that he just dissed my occupation, but color me gobsmacked, how could anyone even think that, let Continue reading