01 October 2014

Go See Your Grandma

When was the last time you thought about your grandma? Thanks to the Meet My Grandma initiative, #MeetMyGrandma, from FamilySearch.org, lots of people are talking about their grandmas. This initiative from the LDS church is to encourage their younger generation to capture stories from their older family members. An emotional connection (grandma!) and great social media marketing have made it popular and I hope it catches on with young and old alike, including with those of us who are not part of the LDS church.

Before it’s too late, go see your grandma. Talk with her. Ask her about her life. Not sure what to ask? Try this list from the Lineagekeeper’s Genealogy Blog; Fifty Questions for Family History Interviews. Don’t exhaust her and try to ask all of them. Let her talk as long as she wants and follow her lead. 

Their suggestion to tell one story you love about your grandma is simple and easy to accomplish. I was lucky to know two grandmothers and two great grandmothers and I have stories to tell, but you know what I wish? I wish I had asked them more questions while they were here on Earth. 

What are you waiting for? Go. Go now. Call her. Email her. Get in the car or on a plane and go see her. Talk with her and don't forget to listen. 

Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Gen


Let's Remember!

p.s. you can see my grandmothers here, here, here, here, here and here

6 comments:

  1. I SO wish I could, by the time I got into my family tree, everyone was gone but cousins. Including my parents, they died in my 20's......so many unanswered questions. I have one paternal aunt, and she has been a God send!

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    1. Sandy, I am so happy you have your Aunt after losing so many family members so young. Sometimes the family we make helps fill the void left by family we have lost. And genealogy. That can help create more family. The most important reason that I 'do' genealogy is that it helps reconnect family members, however distant they may be. Family is family!

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  2. I so wish I could go visit my grandmothers too! I will say that I loved time with them when they were alive, but there is so much I would ask them if they were living today.

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    1. Michelle, Me too. I was lucky to spend lots of time with my grandparents as well. Maybe we should create a list of the specific questions we didn't know to ask then, but wish we could now.

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  3. I wish I could visit with my grandmothers too. I would have so many questions to ask them about their family history. Unfortunately, they passed away years ago. I hope those who still have their grandparents living will take the opportunity to talk to them now and find out about their lives.

    I want to let you know that your wonderful blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/10/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-october-3.html

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you again! Jana. I appreciate so much being listed in your Fab Finds. If only we knew then what we know now.

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