Monday, August 26, 2013

Family Stories? Why?

According to research reported in the September 2013 Readers Digest, kids who know their family's past are more resilient. “The more children knew about their families' histories, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the more successfully they believed their families functioned” (p. 33). The children were asked questions like “Do you know where your grandparents grew up?” Simple questions, but questions that demonstrate meaningful connections. The same children were given the survey during Summer 2001 and after the September 2001 terrorist attacks. In both cases, the children who knew more about their families were more resilient.

As an avid family historian, I am in possession of many stories about my family. Why not share them? Shouldn't my siblings, cousins, nieces, and so on know about the ancestor whose coffin purportedly floated down the street during a flood? Or the ancestor who fled Germany, supposedly because he didn't want to be a priest?

I will be posting stories about my family and my husband's family. I will include a surname in each blog title. I will also use tags to further label, describe, and sort blog entries. I would love to see other family members adding their own stories. I hope that this blog helps you feel more connected to our family; I hope that it peaks your intetest in learning more about them. And mostly, I hope that you enjoy getting to know our ancestors. 

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