20    Sep 20100 comments

Diaries: A family history source

The MyHeritage Genealogy Blog features detailed posts on resources and developments, such as this one on diaries and journals.

Take it from a writer: The more you write, the easier it becomes. Why not keep a journal or diary?

Journals and diaries are excellent resources for family history research.

Don't you wish your ancestors had recorded their daily lives and thoughts in a format that has come down to you as a treasured keepsake through the centuries?

I know someone whose ancestor left a journal written several hundred years ago. The writer describes the family's everyday life in difficult new surroundings, how they celebrated holidays, the writer's wishes for her descendants far in the future and much more. It is as if the writer knew it would be treasured and passed down through the generations, as it has been. It is a priceless heirloom.

Put yourself in the shoes of a great-grandchild who finds your journal. What do you think will interest him or her? What is happening in your life now that you want future generations to know about? Do you want to include advice for future generations?

To read the complete post by genealogist Schelly Talalay Dardashti, click here.  For another post on a similar topic, view "Writing Lives, Marking Memories."

To view the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog, click here.

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