Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Miscellaneous
Recently my husband’s grandmother moved into an assisted living facility, so we were all gathered together helping to clear out her home of the sixty some odd years of collectables, knick-knacks and family heirlooms she had gathered during her life. My husband’s grandfather passed away when my husband was in high school, and was a major influence on his life. It’s because of his grandfather that my husband enjoys gardening and woodworking. When everyone in the family was encouraged to choose items to keep from the home, my husband made a straight line to the woodshop to gather up some of his grandfather’s tools. Using the tools that his grandfather had used is an emotional connection for my husband.
This got me thinking about the family keepsakes that I have from my own family. I have a crystal ring box that was my great-grandmothers; I have antique plates decorating my kitchen that were my grandmother’s. But the real treasures, those are still held by my own mother. She has quilts that my great-grandmother loomed the fabric, and pieced together to form a pattern. They are beautiful, and in an era where things are mass-produced and copied they are a little awe inspiring for me. They are an inspiration for my own mother, who is passionate about quilting and sewing.
While you’re building your own family tree and sharing family stories why not take photographs of some of your family heirloom pieces, and then write a little about them and their history and share them on your page? Invite and encourage your other family members to join you and share their own photographs and stories as well! Perhaps you can even find an old photo of someone in your family using, or holding, the treasured item!
Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Miscellaneous
If you’re struggling to come up with ideas of what type of stories to share on your Mundia family tree, here’s another idea to get you started: Share your favorite childhood story.
Childhood is meant to be silly and carefree. Why not use your Mundia family tree as a way to preserve and share those with the rest of your family, including your own children? Those silly, inside jokes you share with cousins, or siblings are great stories that help your children to see their parent in a new light. It’s also great fun to reconnect with those siblings and cousins to have them add details you may have forgotten about the story.
Did you take an annual family camping trip? Have a silly holiday tradition? Play silly games at family reunions? Did your grandparent used to enjoy telling ghost stories, or “when I was a kid…” stories? Did you used to beg mom or grandma for a particular homemade cookie? Maybe you and your brother or sister shared your vegetables with the family dog under the table?
Family stories are treasures that should be cherished and preserved to be handed down from generation to generation. Start sharing your family stories on Mundia today!
Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Stories
My family recently lost some cherished members to cancer and so, as most families do, we gathered together to celebrate their lives and to share old memories. Like most family get-togethers of this nature, our reunion was marked with laughter, tears and stories about each other and our lost loved ones.
Since I’ve been building our family tree using Mundia, I was sure to take careful notes during these story sharing sessions and I’ve enjoyed posting these family stories on Mundia for even more family to share, and enjoy!
Of course I wish that I hadn’t waited for a death in the family to start gathering these stories, but sometimes that’s just how life seems to work, isn’t it?
I believe that photos, and stories from our families are some of our most cherished treasures, and to me using Mundia to share these treasures with family near and far makes the experience even more special.
Post one of your family stories on Mundia today and invite your relatives to add comments and share their cherished family memories!
Posted by Angela Keck from Ancestry in Tips
If you’ve spent time with the “more mature” relatives in your family, then it’s likely that you’ve heard your grandparents, or even great-grandparents, share stories from their youth and the old days. Perhaps they’ve even told you stories about your parents when they were kids. These are always great fun to hear.
While we’ve all listened to these kinds of stories countless times and perhaps even consider them to be family treasures, the simple fact is that unless we take the time to write them down, they can easily be lost forever.
Some of my most treasured childhood memories are listening to my great-grandmother share stories of her visit to the 1904 World’s Fair. She was the first generation of my family to be born in the United States. My children never met my great-grandmother as she passed away years before they were born. If I don’t take the time to retell her stories and share their value with the younger members of my family they will be forgotten. This would be a sad loss for my family.
If you have family stories that you want your children to remember, then write them down!
Your stories don’t have to be treasured family memories either. Does your family have a running joke? Is there something guaranteed to make your parents laugh? Do you have a fun (or perhaps semi-embarrassing) story to share about yourself from adolescent years? Even seemingly trivial stories can be meaningful to your descendants in years to come.
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. So here are a few prompts to help get your creative juices flowing:
- Who is your oldest family member? Write down something that makes him or her interesting to you. Perhaps your favorite memory of them. What did they do for a living? Do they have an interesting hobby?
- How did your parents, or grandparents meet? How did you and your spouse meet?
- What is one of your earliest childhood memories?
It’s easy to add these kind of memories to your Mundia family tree. To add a story to your tree, simply open the profile of the person who the story is about. Give the story a title and add details in the “Tell us more” box. If you want to get fancy, you can even attach a photo, video or audio file to your story.
Once your story is saved, invite your relatives to read it and have them add their own stories. They can also enrich your stories by adding details and leaving comments with their own memories.