As a family girl, a blogger, and a genealogist, I am excited to talk to you about 52 Stories. It is something I have been thinking about a lot recently since my Granny had a big operation back in the summer, and I realise that there is still so much more I haven’t learnt about her. We used to live next door to our grandparents when we were growing up, and she has helped shape who I am – my ability to use a sewing machine, to play the piano, and even my love of family history stems from her.
In 2017, FamilySearch launched 52 stories. It is a set of questions to help you write your family story. The idea is that you answer one question a week so at the end of the year you will have a collection of stories all about yourself. This New Year I am going to give a notebook with the questions to several family members, including my grandparents. I would love for them to be involved. Plus my grandparents are the only ones who will remember meeting my great-great-grandparents, who would have been born circa 1870!
Examples of the questions:
Do you know how your grandparents met and fell in love?
What was your childhood home like?
What do you know about the day you were born?
I hope that you will get a chance to join me (and FamilySearch) in this. There have been scientific studies on intergenerational identity that show that when children know about their parents and their grandparents lives, they have more confidence, and more self-esteem. This means that your past can help shape your future.