While searching for your “ancient” roots, remember to write your own story. If you are not good with the written word, tape your story – record on your computer. Start at the beginning of your youth, your relationship with your parents and siblings, where you went to grammar school, high school, college, etc. Who were your friends at these schools and your favorite things to do with them; family trips and memories of them; what you remember about your grandparents.
Most of these things your grown children do not know. Remember ... you are part of history – maybe not history to publish in a book, but certainly part of your family history. Perhaps if you are divorced, record what really happened and why. Your feelings and emotions may explain so much more to your grown children when you are gone. Your recording may reveal a whole new understanding of you and their lives. So many times in my classes, I hear seniors say that they wished they had asked more questions of their parents and paid more attention when they were told things, e.g. who really is Aunt Rose? Is she a genetic aunt or a friend I called "Aunt?" And what was her real name?
Dee Notaro is an amateur genealogist based in Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.A.). Her own ancestral background is made up of a mixture of cultures, including her Irish forebears who hailed from County Sligo. Dee teaches classes on genealogical research and is passionate about helping others find answers to their ancestry questions.