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You Had To Be There !

You Had To Be There !

You had to be there (to really experience it).  Imagine sitting at a family gathering and listening to the elders telling stories about their youth.  Something is said and you immediately sit up and wonder what this story is about – was that story about your father, your uncle, or
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Writing Your Memoir or Autobiography

Writing Your Memoir or Autobiography

When reading the obituary of Gene Apple, the principal of the grade school I attended in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it immediately brought back many fond memories and some of the things I did that may have been normal for a young boy my age back then (i.e. questionable).
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Thanksgiving: the New Family Reunion?

Thanksgiving: the New Family Reunion?

Family reunions were events where family members would come from far and wide to gather at or near what was considered the family’s ancestral home town.  A reunion was a day of feasting and sharing stories of ancestors and catching up with current news – new babies, weddings, graduations, etc.  People usually included promises to keep in closer touch over the coming year. 
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Old Stuff vs Family Photos and Stories

Old Stuff vs Family Photos and Stories

Like many families experiencing these generational events, one big question presents itself – what happens to all the photographs?  In the early days when photos were still just black and white, there was usually just one or two copies made because of expense. 
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Mother showing child family photos

Learning About Your Family Stories

Can you recall, as a child, hearing family stories told around the dinner table, at holiday gatherings or just sitting with an elder leafing through an old family photo album?  Family stories are tales about people, places, and events related to the members of our immediate family or their ancestors. 
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Who Will Inherit the Family Stories?

Who Will Inherit the Family Stories?

The smell of old books and boxes of childhood memories, antique furniture, and Christmas decorations in your attic or basement may fill your heart with joy.  Your children may not share that joy. 
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