Why write your family history or your autobiography?
“In all of us there is a hunger, bone-marrow deep, to know our heritage—to know who we are and where we have come from,” wrote Alex Haley in the 1976 bestseller, Roots. “Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.”
When I set out to write my family history, I knew the endeavor would be next to impossible. Unfortunately, I have virtually no written or oral record of the generations that preceded mine. Interestingly, the impact of this crater becomes wider and deeper as decades pass.
I am now fortunate to have a large family of my own, complete with adult children and stepchildren, grandchildren and even step-grandchildren. My new hunger for family history springs from my own missing pieces. I want these people I love (aka “my tribe”) to know who I am. Since I couldn’t write a family history, I wrote an autobiography instead. It’s a beginning for future generations, and I hope they will build upon it.
A lifelong storyteller and award-winning writer, I would love to help you put your family’s history into a beautiful book, one that will be an instant keepsake and a meaningful memento for generations to come. Plus, when you’re in experienced and capable hands, writing and sharing your personal history is fun!
Here are 10 great reasons to get started now.