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“Mommy? Where are you?”
At age four, I almost drowned in a lake at my father’s hunting camp in upstate New York. It is one of my earliest memories that remain with me to this day. I remember looking up from the water and seeing my mother reach down for me. I could see her, almost clearly, yet she could not see me. And time stood still.
My mother saved me that day after I had wandered away from the rest of the family and slipped on the wet grass along the bank of the lake. Luckily, it was only a few seconds after I fell in that she realized something had happened. While on her hands and knees at the water’s edge, she frantically reached around the murky bottom until she was able to grab the waist of my pants and pull me out.
On February 14, we will celebrate Valentine's Day, the festival of romance.
Do you know of interesting marriage proposals in your family? Or, stories of long-lost loves or wedding celebrations?
The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of food, fun and family!
Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got a great gift to share - our First Holiday Cookbook
One way to document and preserve family history is recording oral history interviews with relatives. This really brings our family trees to life, as it reveals the lives and memories of our family members in ways that dry facts, records or even photos cannot.
You may learn the story behind a family event captured in a photograph, emotions surrounding life events, and the names of previously unknown relatives in photographs. Video recordings reveal how our relative sounds and what he or she looks like. We can get a genuine feel for their character.
In a recent article in the Examiner, archives technician Aaron Holt at the National Archives Fort Worth (Texas), said, “It only takes three generations to lose a piece of oral family history.” Holt continued, “It must be purposely and accurately repeated over and over again through the generations to be preserved for a genealogist today.”
Discussing family history with our children is a very good way, say many experts, to increase their connections to family. This includes our family traditions, stories, myths and holiday rituals.
Today - with the many tools and features of global family history site MyHeritage.com - it is easier than ever to record, preserve and transmit your family’s unique story to your children and down through future generations.
Valentine's Day is 14 days away and millions of couples around the world prepare for the most romantic day in the year.
People also recall how it was celebrated generations ago. They may remember incredible and moving love stories of their own or of their ancestors.
We have all heard the love stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents or other ancestors. These may include a love that was separated or difficult due to distance, historical events, family disagreements or other reasons.
Even though times were much harder, somehow those impossible loves won out, the couple married and their love story lasted until contemporary times.
When I was younger, it was quite an opportunity to listen to some cringe-worthy love stories from my parents. The experience was more of a learning opportunity (as in a whistle-stop tour of how not to let a lady know about your affections).