1. Tell your stories verbally (just be sure to turn the recording device on!) Thanks to modern technology, as Grandma told me stories during the last year, I captured every word with the help of my trusty iPhone, plus the “Memories” app at FamilySearch. Now that she’s gone, any of my cousins can pop into our family tree and listen to her voice. It’s a miracle. It’s like she’s still here!
2. Keep a personal history, journal, and/or scrapbook. My other grandma, Dorothy Hardman, was an amazing family historian. She spent countless hours organizing photos and letters and writing the history of her family. Our family is blessed by these amazing items every time we pull them out. Since her passing, we’ve digitized many of the scrapbooks. My father meticulously combed through her written histories after her death and reprinted them for distribution to her many descendants. All of this work has become a phenomenal treasure to our family. Anytime I miss Grandma, I can look through photos or open a book to read her words. Every time, I’m inspired.
3. Give stories as a gift. My fantastic neighbor Micki came over the other day. She showed me a beautiful hardbound book she had made for her kids and grandkids. In it, she had written the story of one of her ancestors. The story was simple, in words the small children could understand. Micki used the help of an artistic family member to illustrate the book with wonderful, colorful pictures. In creating her book, Micki fulfilled two of her bucket-list items: write a children’s book, and help her grandkids to be connected to their family history. The hardest part was simply putting pen to paper and getting started. So Micki’s advice to others: jump in and do it! Put your stories together and share them!
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