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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

When my Dad was a little boy and stayed on his Aunt and Uncle's farm during the summer months, he would beg his Aunt for a story before he went to sleep at night. She would tell him stories of how his Grandmother came over from Scotland and how she met his Grandfather, and many other stories about his ancestors. This led to him asking her to write down her stories, which ultimately led to my Dad compiling these stories into a geneology that he gave to my brother and me before he died. It is done in story-form, rather than the usual, dry, listing of family trees. I started to read it the day he gave it to me and when I was finished, it was 3:30AM and I had to teach that day!!!!! Needless to say, I loved it!!!!! I live near where most of my ancestors are buried and find myself visiting their graves and reliving their stories several times during the year. What a legacy that was for me from my Dad. This Thanksgiving, try getting the older members of your family to tell their stories. Who knows.........this could be the start of a tradition that could lead to a legacy of your own???? Happy Thanksgiving.
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    my great aunt did this before she passed away....i want to take over where she left off and do "my" generations story....just need to do it and quit talking about it.....
    3667 days ago
    A couple of years ago my cousin and I took my dad, and 2 of his sister on a car ride around their growing up area. That really brought out some great stories as we were driving. They were all from Iowa, mom & dad & my brother & I moved to Missouri when I was 9 in 1960. I take dad (he is 85) back to Iowa each year for his birthday to celebrate with his remaining sisters. We always here some great stories. Thanks for sharing.
    3667 days ago
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