September 7, 2013
The Book of Me, Written by You
Julia Goucher, who blogs at Anglers Rest, has created a project “The Book of Me, Written by You.” As she explains in her post, the objective is to capture the essence of ourselves, leaving a legacy for our descendants.
It will be a challenge to keep at this for the intended 15 months, but I am going to work hard to stay at it. As was pointed out by Thomas Jones in his recent lecture “Creating Family Histories for Future Generations” at the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, if we are serious about being family historians, we must “begin with living people” BEFORE we start collecting information on our past relatives. After all, our descendants will be able to do much, if not most, of the same research we can do, and in some cases they will be able to do it more easily as records continue to be digitized. But they will NOT be able to capture today as well as we can.
As I begin this journey, the first two prompts have been released, so I will have to catch up this week. However, Julia has started us our rather gently, so I think I should be able to make it.