Brumley Branches-4th of July-Family Style is celebrating the comeback of my Blogger Blog about family genealogy. It is also a good time to talk about visiting with relatives especially the older ones and having a good old fashion one on one talk about themselves.
You will learn about a different time in our history and what people did back in those times to pass the day. Did they have to do chores before riding their bicycle to their friend's house? How did they spend the Fourth of July? Once the conversation is started it will take you in so many directions for learning more about your relative.
And believe it or not, they will be surprised you asked but also so thrilled you wanted to know more about them beyond their name and their place in the family. You will learn that you have so much in common than you ever realized about their childhood, their teenage years and their family life. We all have great stories to tell and we just need someone to ask us to share it with them.
The same thing can be said for sharing pictures during this holiday time. At some point in our lives, we celebrated the 4th of July in some fashion. What was it like? Did you have a carnival come to your town? What was your favorite ride? Somebody took a picture of the event - dig them out of the box way back in your closet and share them with younger relatives. If you didn't write on the back of the picture, and you don't know someone there is a good chance someone in the group will remember Aunt Betty and the memory about the picture.
It is all about connecting the young with the old or the now with the then that makes genealogy so much fun. You can't find these terrific stories on a Census page, it takes pictures and stories to make the rest of your information come alive again!
As I look back now I wish I would have listened more, asked more questions and looked at more pictures. It would have made this family genealogy journey so much easier. My mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik did share a lot of her stories and pictures with me. My father thought it was all nonsense and did not. There were times when he and I were fishing that I could get him to open up about his family but it was rare so I had to listen very carefully.
On my last visit to Iowa to visit the grandkids, I was surprised to hear that they had seen the ancestry.com commercial where they saw the graph of the DNA pie chart of the percentage of the ethnic mix. They actually wanted to know where they came from and knew grandma could tell them. I could only tell them what I had learned over the years. It is on my "Bucket List" to do the DNA test. They were at least thinking about who they were and where they came from.
So as we go into this holiday remember that you are sharing a memory that long after you are gone your relative will pass it along.
Have a great 4th of July and please make it a safe on!