Family history is important to both of us; first and foremost, we created this for our own families. Our moms were the first reviewers.
But beyond just the facts and dates, behind the family trees, there’s something more important: the story of what a person learns, creates, and accomplishes in a life. What we have lived through, and what we have to say about it.
“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you could sit down with your great-great-grandfather, what would you ask him about? Sure, there might be a few things about where the house was and what kind of jobs people did, but really, what you want to know is what life was like. What was important? What was different from life now, and what was the same?
Ultimately, these are the things that are most valuable. Each of us has been a part of history. So as we crafted this book, we kept the focus on asking those questions that a relative far in the future might want to ask, and the questions that will elicit the stories each of us really wants to share.
That’s why we did it. Hope it works.