There is considerable information available relevant to securing knowledge about the past, but what about the present and making sure you are recording current events for future remembrance. Incidental details of family occasions, events, and accomplishments will be the source of enjoyable family memories in years to come.
As you expand the narrative of sharing the family history and genealogy, consider creating a newsletter that not only informs everyone what you are discovering about the past but spreads the word about what’s happening here and now with family members. It’s also a great way to introduce family members to other relations they might otherwise not know.
In the digital age, it’s easier than ever to create a family newsletter that announces births, anniversaries, and shares family tidbits that eventually will become the stories of the past. They will become the archives and memories that are time capsules for future generations.
A family newsletter does not need to be overly complicated or excessive. Writing a quarterly bulletin of two to three pages should suffice. It can announce births, new jobs, retirements, engagements – anything of interest or anything a family member wishes to share. Set up guidelines for family members to follow and make it easy for them to contribute stories. Be sure to let them know the:
Length of articles or topics
Rules regarding sensitive material or content
Use of pictures
Sections of the newsletter that are pertinent to specific groups such as a youth section
Other Things to Consider:
The most important thing to remember is that nothing is too trivial to share or celebrate. At its core, our family is where our story begins, and it is a story worth preserving and sharing.