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    • apologies for the late reply i was up in the mountains in Peru and no wifi for a while...

      Its funny I looked at my families picutres a lot and had a lot of questions, I wanted details, intricate details not just births deaths and marriages, thats the really sad part that those details die with the family, or maybe the secrets...there's always secrets

      On one side of my family the men, all the men have died before the age of 76, and I have a family tree going back to the 1600's but the women live on average into the high ninties...were the men worn down by the women, and similar to your family history there are more women, a lot more women.

    • if i was based in one location i think i would be like you and make time to research, the why's and wherefore of each family member.

      Mine moved around which back then was nearly uheard of, family members worked in the ship building yards and also worked at sea (as I did) I'd love to hear the details, the hi and lows, the real hardships.

      Find the houses they lived in, is that a possibilityto get former addresses to try and build a story, i'd like to see it first hand for myself. If the house is still there knock on the door to get a feel of their life.

    • In 1906 my great great Uncle Jim bought the first motorcycle in Barrow in Furness, England. My great, great Aunt Harriet got the front seat, the wicker front seat.

      I would have loved to be a fly on the wall to hear the conversations as they rode along and he grabbed the brakes and she lerched forwards with no seat belt.

      An interesting point I found out is he bought this motorcycle after he bought a car...three years later, you would have expected it to be the other way around?

    • We don't talk family history too much in my family and sometimes it annoys me, but it is what it is. That being said, I firmly believe everyone has a great story. It might be a simple story or it might be tragically fascinating, but the story is theirs and it's probably more interesting than you think.

    • I agree it just takes time to listen and then for that story to be passed on to generations to come. Sometimes just looking a the faces in those photos I know there's an amazing story behind thse eyes that i will never know...that is sad that its gone forever

    • I love family history and I'm fascinated with stories of my ancestors. I came across this post about creating an ancestor book (and having your kids illustrate it!) and I thought that was brilliant:

      I've started working on ours.

      I came across this research a few years back about how knowing their family's history helps kids be more resilient:

      That resonates with me. I often think about the positive characteristics of my parents and grandparents (and further back!) and how a piece of those are a part of me... somewhere! I also think reflecting on their circumstances, challenges, etc. can give us perspective. My Scottish ancestors had grit in spades, or so I imagine when I see photographs like this:

      I was lucky to have a father who guessed at how significant their stories would be to their posterity. He went over to Scotland in the 80s with fancy video equipment and captured the stories of our oldest living relatives at the time. What a treasure to have stories to go with the photos.