The drive to be remembered and to remember your ancestors is powerful. That is why so many cultures have holidays and festivals to celebrate the memories of deceased loved ones. How do you remember tus antepasados—your ancestors? Do you have those memories preserved so they can be passed on to future generations?
More Family History Features
FamilySearch’s newly released update to the person pages in Family Tree will make learning about your ancestors easier than ever before. New ways to view your ancestors’ lives and information, including maps and time lines, will expand your understanding and enable you to identify and fill in missing information more quickly.
Every year the world loses priceless historical records, but one dedicated group of individuals is trying to do something about it. David Ouimette manages the Global Content Strategy team at FamilySearch.org, the world’s largest genealogical organization. Ouimette’s team is saving memories around the globe—historical documents that may be the only remaining witness to the existence of the individuals cloaked in their pages.
Sometimes events happen in life that force us to remember. We go about our busy lives – taking kids to soccer and football, or picking up grandchildren (depending on your phase of life) and trying to fit exercise into our schedule and then bam! Something happens and we are forced into remembering our ancestors – those who have gone before us or even those we have had lifelong relationships that have passed. That happened for me this week.
Memories is a tool in FamilySearch that allows you to preserve and share your family’s most important moments by adding family photos, documents, audio clips and stories. You can then organize and tag them, attaching them to individuals on your family tree. This turns these treasured moments into heirlooms that can be passed down in your family and easily accessed by even distant family members.
In our day, helping youth remember who they are is vital. Youth are getting sucked into a cycle of instant gratification and messages of “you’re not enough” every time they log onto social media. How can we help? Reminding them of their past is a sure-fire way for them to overcome the hardships life throws at them. Why? Because their ancestors did. Here are some practical and meaningful ways to help your kids feel connected to who they really are.