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“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots. The other is wings.” – Hodding Carter (#1)

04 Dec

PART 1: ROOTS

Chronicling a family heritage.

Gone are the days when oral story-telling is how we learn about the family we come from. We so rarely sit around with family – immediate or extended – and share the stories of our lives. Not only is life incredibly busy, but in a day and age when people so often have to move away from family for employment, at times even overseas, quality face-to-face time with our families – parents, cousins, aunt, uncles, grandparents – is incredibly limited.

So, what can be done to record the stories of our parents and grandparents? How can we pass along to our daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren the family history that comes before them? What’s the answer? Create a timeless storybook chronicling your family heritage. Include family photographs, birth announcements, memorials, family letters, immigration records, school graduations, wedding bulletins, and SO much more. All in one beautifully, professionally published album.

This is one of my next projects – connecting with my ever elusive family roots that span 3 continents and 7 countries in the last 3 generations alone. Spread out over international borders has created challenges in building a strong sense of family history, but as I witnessed my sister gather up family documents and memorabilia I began to get a sense of where I’ve come from and who has gone before me. I know that out of this project will arise a sense of identity and comfort in knowing where my roots are from; a sense of belonging and acceptance as I trace family traits, interests, passions back several generations.

Join me on this journey into the past. Create your own storybook chronicling your unique family heritage with Heritage Makers. I’d LOVE to hear:

  • What incredible stories will you retell?
  • Which amazing people will you feature?
  • Where in the world will your journey take you?

Then, share these lasting treasures with your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren. What better gift could you give?

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Posted by on December 4, 2011 in My stories

 

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