Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Resolved: To Be a Better Ancestor!

As genealogists and family historians, we appreciate ALL our ancestors. But nothing makes us happier than ancestors who left records of their lives—photographs, letters, diaries—so that we can know them in a personal way that is not possible from other records.

Think about a hundred years from now...it’s 2111...what artifacts will your descendants have from which to know you?

For Ancestor Appreciation Day, I’m making a resolution to be a better ancestor! Next month is Family History Month, and each week I’ll be working on, and sharing with you, what I’m doing to create and preserve a legacy for my descendants.

 I hope you’ll join me on the journey!

Image: africa / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

© 2011 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research


  1. I love it! I make the same pledge.

  2. A good reminder! (Sigh!) I hope the work I'm doing now will be the legacy I leave and that I do a worthy job of preserving stories as I know them.

  3. @Valerie, glad to have you on the journey!
    @Lisa, I'm sure you're doing a fine job of preserving and sharing your family stories.

  4. I liked your post, but I'm never going to be an ancestor. But I do need to decide who will receive the family heirlooms I have.

  5. I'm very much looking forward to your posts! I am all for leaving a trail behind and hoping our descendants will know more about us and our lives.