Welcome!! This is our periodic issue featuring genealogy related articles
and reviews. Again, you say? Well, the truth is that genealogy is very
popular and will continue to grow in popularity as the boomers reach retirement
age. Lots of people really love this stuff!
Not interested you say? Well that is fine, not everybody will or should.
However, would you like to know how to be a responsible ancestor? Would
you love your family and your descendents enough to get into a few new
habits or take a few steps now to enable their research success? If so,
then you will be doing a fine thing.
Let me suggest three simple ways to be helpful and responsible:
1 Do not throw
your family “stuff” away and do not let your deceased relative’s “stuff”
be tossed either. Stuff being: genealogy notes or collected family histories,
old letters, old pictures, old bibles or old books, old diplomas, old maps
etc. All the above and more are the stuff of history and a genealogist’s
stock and trade. Give the stuff to a family member who is doing your family’s
genealogy; if you have none, then donate it to a library that supports
genealogy research. There are several here in San Antonio and two great
regional ones in Houston and Austin.
2 Stop whatever
you are doing right now and go to that shoebox you have that is stuffed
with old photographs. Label them on the back or on a sleeve. Put everything
you know about the photo: name, place, date, event, etc. If you do not
know anything about the photo, then ask someone else older and wiser! Do
not wait to do this, unfortunately time stops for no one. Then get into
the habit of labeling photos as you have them developed or printed.
3 And last
but not least, especially if you are over fifty, encourage your family
genealogy nut to interview you. Tell them the stories of your youth and
all that you can remember about what you were told concerning your family
history as you grew up. If you do not have such a nut in your family, take
a few minutes to put your stories on tape or write them on paper or on
your computer. It actually might be fun! And believe me, your descendents
will be overjoyed at having such a responsible ancestor.
We hope you enjoy our issue this month and learn lots of new things.
Thanks to our product reviewers and to Sue Ives for her wonderful article
on storage. And remember, the value of your family history endeavors is
in direct proportion to the time and energy you invest in them. Happy hunting!