This is one of my favorite United States Institutions. The Library of Congress contains publications of all sorts including family histories that individual family’s have published for their own use.
I belong to this professional organization because I agree with their philosophy and approach to the family story. While most of the members are biographical writers, I have found my passion in the short genealogical sketch which attaches photos and short vignettes. I post them for the family members in a password protected environment.
The Association of Personal Historians meets annually as a group, and also quarterly as a regional group to provide support and encouragement for its members.
I attended the 2009 conference in Philadelphia and plan to attend the 2010 conference in Victoria, BC.
This is a neat way to get your story into the Library of Congress.
I made a recording once and it was really a neat experience. My friend and fellow genealogist, Meg Chase, went with me to the StoryCorps ‘airstream’ trailer parked in Oakland, CA and acted as the interviewer.
I want you to do better than I have done. I believe in you.
Life has a way of throwing curves, sometimes really horrible curves. What we really need as individuals, and what I want for my descendants is to have the skills, self respect and tenacity to get back up when life knocks them down. I want you to have the skills to think about what is happening and to figure out how to change a situation. I want you to have respect for yourself and for others.
Learn to Learn – get an education and learn how to figure things out
Get work and keep it – it’s good for you, it’s good for your family, it’s good for your self esteem — it generally isn’t fun. That’s why it’s called work. If you get an education, you can even make you can use that to get different kinds of work.
Be tenacious – stay at it even when it seems stupid.
Remember real friends encourage you to be a better person, remind you when you miss on the previous three points and support your efforts to be successful.
The information contained in these sites is intended to remind us of our connections and to share our stories so that our lives are connected, our worth affirmed and our descendants informed -so you can learn from our experiences when you are ready.
Families are more than Charts and Dates. It is the stories that give us the glimpses into the lives and times of our family that bring our families together and to life.
Those stories are often short – a few words, spontaneously uttered in response to a picture or a memento. Attached to pictures and charts our ancestry comes to life and reminds us of our value. It gives us strength and understanding.
What is your story?
For some this is plenty of information, however for most of us it comes alive when it’s attached to pictures and stories.
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