Preserving Family History

Preserving Family History

While volunteering at the USO yesterday, I was chatting with a fellow who was sharing some stories of his antics as a teenager. This was back in the 40’s and 50’s. There were some very cool stories!

I asked him if he had written any of this down somewhere and he responded that he had told his kids the stories. If his kids are anything like me, they might very possibly forget those old stories that their dad told them. I suggested he record the stories in some fashion.

The reality is, as older generations pass on, many of the stories of days gone by go with them. Being a big history buff, I am all about remembering the past. Of course, being a life coach I totally believe you can’t live in the past, you must move positively forward. However, remember this quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana)

I happen to think those old stories are cool. We had my father-in-law dictate into a “voice-to-text” program many of the stories of his childhood. My grandmother recorded, in a cassette tape, stories of her youth. My mother is working on typing up some of her memories. I’m not sure if my dad has done it yet, but he’s got some great stories about growing up on a farm, and about being in the Army.

If you haven’t managed to find a way to preserve the family stories of your past, it might be a good time to consider it.
There are numerous ways you can record things…
Write them down with pen and paper
Type them
Audio record
Video record
Dictate to text
Dictate to a person who types or writes
Write a book

There are all kinds of options for getting those old family stories ready to pass down to the younger generations. If you don’t do it, how will they know the truth of our history?

Yes, that’s a whole different topic, but when people start saying they don’t believe the things that are recorded in history, we have a problem (in my opinion). If each family has documented history of the past, you would (mostly likely) believe your family. Remember “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

It’s easy… and fun… go get some memories and make them forever!