Shop Family Tree

Stories In Our Lives

Recording Them for Posterity

All of us have stories to tell – the stories in our lives.  The best author of those stories are ourselves, not someone searching family history a hundred years from now.  If you think that the events that happen to you in your daily life don’t matter, think again. They do matter, because those events add up to create our lives.

Blessed Sacrament-St. Joan of Arc Parish 1909-2009 from Leonard Smith III on Vimeo.

There are a number of interesting ways that we can record the stories in our lives for our posterity – our children and grandchildren. What we leave behind for them can help them to make sense of who they are, and they will be able to see that the lessons we learned can help them in their daily lives too.  “You mean Grandpa actually got suspended from school for fighting?” or “Wow, I didn’t know Grandma looked for a job for a whole year before she got that job at the newspaper.  She worked there for 30 years; I bet she’s glad she didn’t give up her job hunt before the year was up.”

A Few Ways to Record Them

Write your life history: Similar to writing an autobiography. Outline your  life chronologically; pick out one or two important life-changing events in each five year period and write about them.  The lessons you learned, spiritual testimony if that applies, what you would do differently if you could. Don’t make it all serious; add some funny events and light-hearted moments.  Include a list of favorites: movies, songs, TV shows, etc. to identify the era you are writing about.

Record your life history: The human voice is unique to each individual.  Rarely will two people ever sound alike. The sound of someone’s voice can instantly transport you to memories of another time. People who have lost loved ones often say that one of the things they miss most is that person’s voice, or their laugh. If you don’t want to write your life history, then speak it into a recorder. Today, digital recorders are small enough to fit in a purse or pocket, and you can tell your life history in spare moments in your day. Don’t worry about transcribing the tapes; leave that for the future family historian.  Just label the completed tapes with your name, date recorded, and main subject on the tape and leave the rest to someone else in a later time. Store them in an airtight container or safe deposit box, and let someone else know where they are.

Photo history: Photos are an excellent way to augment a written or oral life history, but they can’t do the whole job.  We all need to do our life history to share the stories in our lives and then we add the pictures!  Be sure to record the date of a picture, where it was taken and who’s in it.  Nothing worse than finding a picture and trying to guess who the people are.

There are many ways we can share the stories of our lives with our posterity.  The important thing is to get started! Do a little each day; don’t put it off.

Examples of Stories in our Lives



Watch The Barber of Birmingham - Trailer on PBS. See more from POV.


More Stories in Our Lives


A Legend in the Classroom-The Life Story of Ms. Yvonne Busch-trailer from Leonard Smith III on Vimeo.



Other related articles...

Lafourche Heritage Society - I just returned from the Lafourche Heritage Society 36th Annual History and Genealogy Seminar.

A Beginner's Guide - is a common-sense approach to you researching your genealogy. I share with the reader the benefit of the many years of my own research.

Our Genealogy Services
- Our professional Family History Services are available at local repositories in Southeast & Southwest Louisiana.

Courthouse Research - I will provide Louisiana courthouse research from the list of names you provide. I can do the legwork for you.

Testimonies - Thanks to LS3 Studios, I am now well on my way to filling in my family tree. I was at a complete loss of how to begin my search for my ancestors until Leonard jumped in and saved the day!

Family History Services - Our professional Family History Services are available at local repositories in Southeast & Southwest Louisiana.

Jumping the Broom - is a symbolic ceremony said to have originated in the 17th century in Western Africa.

The African-American Heritage Trail - is a key part of Louisiana's multicultural tourism marketing.

Family Memories - As a child growing up around the corner from “grandma’s house,” I always looked forward to the call from her informing me that hot teacakes had just come out of the oven.

Digital storytelling - is one of those huge developments in our generation that seemingly arrived on the scene without great fanfare.

African-American Genealogy - Tracing African-American Genealogy poses a special challenge for the descendants of black African slaves who were brought to America to be sold as slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Return to top of Stories In Our Lives


> A Beginners Guide to Searching Family History


Protected by Copyscape Web Copyright Protection
Discover Your
Ancestors in
Newspapers
1690-Today
...All 50
States!
Enter Last Name
Enter First Name
GenealogyBank.com

Flip-Pal Mobile Scanners