Our Stories, Our Families – the November CollaboratoryNovember 2nd, 2015
When people ask why I find genealogy so interesting, I’m always a bit surprised. I love family history because it is made up of the stories of people’s lives – and what could be more fascinating? Yes, there is a component of the research that consists of collecting the somewhat dusty facts of when someone was born and when they died and how many children they had. However, any genealogist worth his or her family tree knows that’s only the beginning. The really intriguing part begins when you start to understand the story of your ancestors’ lives.
To that end November in the Curtis Collaboratory will celebrate the stories of our lives and the method by which we compile and collect those stories through genealogy research. The Collaboratory will explore some of the ways our ancestors told their stories and how we can discover them with the goal of “growing” our family trees.
There will be hand-outs about how to get started in genealogy, doing family history interviews, and writing journals. Plus, volunteer Lynne Holland, the Curtis “Genealogy Guru” will spend the first three Friday mornings of November in the Collaboratory to help you get started in your genealogy or to help you break through your genealogy “brick wall”.
Finally, there is information in the Collaboratory about the new StoryCorps “app” to help you do your own family history interview. StoryCorps’ (frequently heard on National Public Radio) mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of their lives. Their app will help two people walk through a life story “interview”, recording the answers along the way. That interview can be saved and can also be uploaded to the Library of Congress where it will be kept forever as part of “the archive of the wisdom of generations”.
Come visit the Collaboratory in November and explore!