W hat Kinds of Things Do Our Posterity Want to Know?
What Were They like?
I was talking to a mother and daughter, Renee and Alair, about what kinds of things they would like to know about their ancestors. They came up with a pretty good list and chances are our posterity will want to know the same kinds of things about us.
What Posterity Wants to Know
A chronological story of events
Were they musical? Did they sing or play instruments?
Are there funny stories about their lives?
What were their personalities like? Were they humorous? Quiet? Loud? Social? Withdrawn?
What were their activities?
What talents and hobbies did they have?
Did they have siblings? What were their siblings and parents like?
What was their health like?
Did they have a patriarchal blessing or some special guiding creed?
What were their family secrets?
What were their favorite colors? Did they have other kinds of favorites?
What were their trials and triumphs?
What was the history of their time and place?
What were their homes and land like?
Were there any family recipes?
Did they move from place to place, or travel?
I would add:
What was their education like?
What was their religion, or did they have a religion?
Who were their children, and what were they like as parents?
What was their occupation?
What is the origin of their roots?
What are some of the things you’d like to know about your ancestors? Feel free to add to our list by leaving your comments.