The importance of personal history. Family history is not static, it is constantly evolving. One constant , however, is the passing of the torch from one generation to another. As Catherine Guarnieri of The Register Citizen in Litchfield County, Conn., asks: Are you prepared for that transfer?
Those Were the Days… Glenn Wallace writes on the Your Legacy Smile blog of the windfall of family history he found beneath the stairs in his own basement.
Our Name was Changed at Ellis Island. You may have heard how officials at Ellis Island routinely changed the names of immigrants with hard to spell or hard to understand names. As Kimberly Powell at About.com points out, that’s just one of several hard-to-kill (and untrue) genealogical myths.
Bold Spirit. Helga Estby walked across the North American continent in the 1890s to win a $10,000 wager. On the way, two of her children died and, after finishing the trek, she was denied her reward. As a result, she was reviled by her family, to the point that they burned her writings about the trip after she died. Fortunately, Linda Lawrence Hunt has re-created Helga’s story in the book, Bold Spirit.
Follow Storytelling Weekend Tweets. Did you know that the Storytelling Weekend conference is going on through Saturday? Thanks to Kathy Hansen of A Storied Career you can follow tweets from the conference by clicking on this link, even if you don’t use Twitter.
Larry Lehmer is a professional personal historian and chief legacy planner at When Words Matter, Ltd., who connects generations through their stories. To learn more, visit his web site, send him an e-mail or follow him on Twitter.
Flickr photo courtesy of mikebaird.