|This is me, patiently working on their stories.|
Fear can be an amazing motivator.
In order to be organized in my approach, I decided to start with a parent and then work back through their lines. This approach would keep my branches separate and manageable. The ultimate goal would be to create something relatives can read and learn to love their ancestors as much as I have loved researching them. It's a big goal, but someone needs to do it.
For decades, I have known the names dates and places. Now, I wanted to focus on the heart of family history. What is the heart of family history? Stories are the heart and soul of family history. Who cares about some guy named Harry Brown of Columbus, Ohio born in 1916? Few people, that's who, until you share a story about him.
|Sam and Harry Brown around 1940. Location unknown.|
Stories like these matter so much. These little details give weight to the dates on my charts. That is the focus of my project.
Over the coming year, I will share with you the process I followed to capture the stories. I will provide examples and things I learned through the process. The teacher's heart in my hopes you'll learn something from this series of posts that will be titled Narrative Project.