Benefits of Family History

Storytelling might be bad for academia but it’s good for people

I read an interesting article yesterday titled, “Oral History and How It Makes Learning Less Effective, Study Shows.” The article made a couple of different points: Oral history is becoming more popular in some countries, including the US. A study found that those who listened to the stories being told didn’t meet the educational standards hoped for. This …

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4 Reasons You Should Be Recording Family Stories

You’re missing out if you’re not capturing the stories of your life and family. By recording family stories, you gather the wisdom of generations past and empower the generations of the future. Recording family stories brings benefits now and later, for you and those you love. Here’s why in a nutshell.   If you don’t, …

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Doubly blessed: Interviewing to capture personal and family history

During our recent trip to Texas, I had the privilege of interviewing my sweet sister-in-law’s mother. My sister-in-law has been talking to me for a while about wanting to write her mom’s personal history, so that was another excuse for our wonderful, multi-purpose Texas travels. I had met her mother before- eight years before, to …

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Some Blessings Come Early, Some Blessings Come Late, Some Come All Along the Way

I love this kind of phone call. A client who has become a dear friend (funny how that happens in this line of work!) was excited to tell me about the surprise 80th birthday celebration her family held for her on Thanksgiving. Along with the sheer joy of being with her children and grandchildren and …

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