May is Personal History Awareness Month and what better time to be reminded of recording your family stories before you say, “IF ONLY I HAD DONE THIS SOONER!” So often those words are spoken when it is too late to remedy the situation. In my case I deeply regret waiting too long to videotape the life story of my dear 98 year old cousin, Marie, officially my “second cousin once removed.” Six years ago I traveled to Ohio to visit with her in a nursing home where she was cared for and was only able to share minimal stories with us. She passed away two weeks later.
Marie had been the “Queen Family Historian” in this branch of my family tree. Fortunately, I met her a little over twenty years ago, and she gave me a vast amount of information and stories of my ancestors who settled in a small town in Ohio in the early 1800’s. She loved being the family storyteller of the Roquet, Roquette, and Rockey clan.
I have another cousin, officially my third cousin, who also knows the importance of Keeping Your Memories, and she has records that she has shared with me also. Marie’s crown as Queen Family Historian has been passed on down to us. My hope is that there will be someone in our next generation to be in line that will continue the interest of our ancestors as to where they came from, what they experienced and where we are headed.
If you have a family member who is the King or Queen Family Historian of your family and has endlessly told the same family stories at every family gathering, NOW is the time to get them recorded and begin Keeping Your Memories because one day when you are finally interested in those stories, IT WILL BE TOO LATE. If you are unable to find the time to do this, check out my website www.keepingyourmemories.com, and I will be able to assist you in preventing what I experienced.