Narrative: Crafting Your Family Stories
I've noticed that some people respond to my interest in family history with a sniff that barely disguises a gaping yawn or with a nod that practically screams "Boooor---ing".
Okay, so I feel that way myself sometimes when I've spent too much time with only names, dates, census records, social security info and find-a-grave listings.
That's when I need to get back to what I love–the narrative form of family history. I want to know the stories, to know those names as real people. And even if there's no real "story", that is a telling of an event that has an arc-a beginning, a middle and an end, I want some personal observation, or some family lore (even if it's unverified) or some conjecture (properly identified as such) to "flesh out" a family history.
Today, pick a relative that you know/knew personally, and work with this prompt:
"The thing I remember best about (selected relative) is that he/she always:
...seemed to be laughing
...brought me candy
...expected the worst
...seemed uncomfortable around people