The Mormon Times reported Curt Witcher's plenary session remarks at this week's Brigham Young University Conference on Family History and Genealogy, including:
Witcher encouraged people to write. "Write as you never have written before." This writing can be about memories, describing a family photograph or center on themes such as a family's rituals.
Ol' Myrt here couldn't agree more. We must take pen in hand, or sit at our keyboards -- whatever it takes to tell the stories of our lives, and those of our most immediate ancestors. Otherwise generations that follow will miss the knowledge of heritage.
From the BYU Conference site:
Curt B. Witcher – “This I Believe: The Urgent Need to Record Living History”. Curt B. Witcher is the manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. He is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the current as well as founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society.You can still get in on the Thursday and Friday conference tracks. Find out more here.
FOR FURTHER READING
- De Groot, Michael. The coming genealogical dark ages. The Mormon Times. 29 July 2010
- Writing Your Personal History. Infopointe Media.
- How to Write Your Personal History. Squidoo.
- Personal Historian (software).
- Powell, Kimberly. Writing Your Personal Family History.
- Association of Personal Historians
- Ten Steps to Recording Your Personal History. Ancestry.com 17 April 2000.
- Gilbert, Tom. Your Life is Your Story.
- Write My Memoirs
- Klinger, Katie. Preserving Traditions through Storytelling: Teaching Kids How in Hawaii.
- Preserving Heritage. Helping to Tell Your Family's Story.
What steps have you taken to document your personal history and your recollections of ancestors, historical events and family traditions?
Happy family tree climbing!
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