Record in your
genealogical database computer software program everything
you now know and can learn by visiting relatives,
researching both local libraries, museums and historical
places of your ancestors.
Take family vacations
to visit the people who still live in the area your
ancestors lived in. Go to the churches, schools, farms
they lived in and take lots of photographs. Drive the
back roads as they did.
Tell your children and
grandchildren the "old stories" of your great grandparents
and of the way they solved the challenges of their time
period and how today they can meet the problems they face
with the same determination and perseverance.
Yes, tell them when you
were a kid how hard it was to walk to school in freezing
weather barefoot in deep snow! Tell them how hard you
had to work before and after school everyday just so the
family could financially make it. Tell them how the
neighbors would come to the aid of the person or family who
had experienced a loss and assist them through their times
Learn the lessons
taught by our ancestors of hard work, going to church,
picking wisely your spouse and enduring hardships to the end
of their lives. Try not to re-do the bad choices they
may have made.
Find as many pictures,
rocking chairs, quilts, violins or harpsichord and display
them in your home for all to see and enjoy. We don't
worship our ancestors, we revere them! We thank them
for the lessons we have learned from them and for the free
land we have because of their sacrifices.
Share all you have
learned about your family with every interested family
member because we are all part of the human family. We
are in it together. We share the same space. Let
us pass on to our children their heritage and a feeling that
we are a family forever and we get our strength of character
by standing for correct principles learned from the past and
refined by our very lives.