Preserving Pieces of History

August 10, 2017 / no comments

In September, Legacy Book founder and president John Catron will be presenting at Family Roots Expo in St. George, Utah. His topic: Resources for Designing and Publishing Your Family Histories.

“Books are a time-tested method for preserving your important lineage and histories,” says John. “It’s the perfect medium for gathering photos, memorabilia, stories, and facts together into one easily accessible resource.”

Family history is made up of all sorts of elements. Initially, there are the statistics—the birth and death dates, the marriage dates, the locations, the pedigree charts and family group sheets. That information is invaluable in establishing who we are and where we come from.

But what makes family history truly interesting are the additional pieces of information that create context and add insight. The stories, the newspaper articles, the certificates and awards, the ticket stubs and programs. The pieces of history that meant so much to our family members that they held on to them for decades.

And finally, the photos. These are what make our ancestors come alive. Through photos, we can put faces to names. As we read about people we may have never met, we feel a connection with them because we know what they looked like, what they wore, what they did, and where they lived.

Books are the best place to gather all these pieces together so that everyone can access them. A book can be opened in an instant and shared with everyone. Through family history books, challenges and triumphs can be remembered, details can be recalled, and stories can be told over and over again.

Doing family history work can be a significant investment of time and resources. It’s a labor of love undertaken for our ancestors as well as our progenitors. And not taking the final step of preserving the history you’ve gathered into a family keepsake that will be treasured for generations to come is heartbreaking.

If you’re in St. George, drop in on John and see what he has to say about how easy—and important—it is to create a legacy book containing your family history. And if you can’t make it to Roots Expo, check out our website!

 

 

 

 

A Vital Truth—Your Company’s Past Can Shape Its Future

May 15, 2017 / no comments

Looking back might sound counterproductive to a corporate executive. After all, the mark of a good leader is to lead an organization into the future, right? Actually, it turns out that a company’s past can be as important to its future in creating a sense of belonging and unity, as well as instilling purpose in its organization. And we’re not just saying that because we’re advocates of preserving your corporate history. The experts agree.

“Leaders with no patience for history are missing a vital truth,” states an article in Harvard Business Review. “A sophisticated understanding of the past is one of the most powerful tools we have for shaping the future.”

In fact, the article points out, “as a leader strives to get people working together productively, communicating the history of the enterprise can instill a sense of identity and purpose and suggest the goals that will resonate. In its most familiar form, as a narrative about the past, history is a rich explanatory tool with which executives can make a case for change and motivate people to overcome challenges. Taken to a higher level, it also serves as a potent problem-solving tool, one that offers pragmatic insights, valid generalizations, and meaningful perspectives—a way through management fads and the noise of the moment to what really matters.”

It makes sense. As one of the most popular hobbies in the United States[1], family history has captured our attention because of the sense of belonging we feel as we learn about the generations of family who have gone before. We dig deep to discover when and where our ancestors lived and died, as well as all the fascinating things that happened to them in between those two major life events. The more we learn, the more connected and inspired we feel, often looking back at their life experiences as we forge ahead on our own life’s journey.

That same sense of belonging takes place on a corporate level. When an organization captures its history—whether that history spans a couple of decades or a century or more—its employees feel connected to something bigger than themselves. They catch the vision of the company’s mission, they are inspired by stories and people from the past, and they develop a deeper sense of dedication to what they are doing.

A shared history unites us together into a community, reinforces a sense of identity, and creates a framework for growth and success moving forward. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and Harvard Business School professor Alfred D. Chander Jr. often asked his students a single questions: “How can you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been?”

Creating your organization’s history is the perfect answer to that question.

Join Legacy Books at the Genealogy Jamboree!

April 19, 2016 / no comments

Come join Legacy Books at the 47th Annual Genealogy Jamboree 2016 in Southern California! This year’s theme is just what Legacy Books is all about: “Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past.”

47th Annual Genealogy Jamboree 2016
June 2-5, 2016
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, Burbank, CA

Register today to save your spot and join us at the Genealogy Jamboree – one of the biggest genealogy conferences on the West Coast. Early bird pricing ends this coming Saturday, April 23. Pre-registration ends May 22. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Legacy Books Owner John Catron is a sponsor, exhibitor, and presenter at this year’s Genealogy Jamboree.

The Conference caters to those with all experience levels – from the earliest beginner to well-trained expert. Legacy Books’ very own John Catron is a sponsor and exhibitor at the event and will be speaking at the Saturday breakfast session. His presentation is titled “Eating the Preservation Elephant – Five Ways to Preserve Your Legacy for the Future.”

Other featured presenters include:

Kenyatta D. Berry – “Secrets From PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow”

Dr. Jan Joyce Ahrens – “Easily Create a Video of Your Family Research to Share with Family”

Crista Cowan – “Successful Searching on Ancestry.com”

For more information, visit http://genealogyjamboree.com. We hope to see you there!