History, the kind I learned in school, wasn't usually my favorite subject. Memorizing dates, names and places tended to be dry and tedious exercises, unless there was an interesting story attached.
Family histories are different. Their relevance is easier to understand with connections to people we actually know or have at least heard about from those people who are closest to us.
For some, though, even these connections are not enough. History is history.
FamilyLore uses story cards covering 20 categories, from ancestors to pets. Half of the questions posed on the story cards are generic, with the other half blank, to be filled out with questions from the participating families. Eventually, many families ditch the generic cards and use just the family cards.
LifeStories touts its storytelling game as "a way to warm up a family gathering, rekindle a friendship or renew histories."
If you have some reluctant storytellers in your family, these board games may be a way to make them active participants in your own family's history.