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!