Monday, April 9, 2012
Family Memoirs: A Lifetime of Addresses
A year or two ago I asked them to send me a list of all the addresses they had ever lived at. My Uncle Bob replied with his full list but the others didn't. My Dad still keeps promising me his some day.
The other day I was giving a house history talk at the Windsor, Connecticut Historical Society. After the talk a gentleman came up to me and introduced himself as the president of the Simsbury, Connecticut Historical Society. We got to talking because I'll be giving a talk in Simsbury in a few months.
I happened to mention that I had grown up in Connecticut and lived in Simsbury when I was a child. Of course, the natural next question was which street did I live on.
Do you know what? I couldn't tell him! I couldn't remember. I drew a total blank. I lived in Simsbury only for 5 years from age 5 to 9 so it's not unusual that I might forget. But that was the first time I had forgotten something about my own life.
That was a real eye opener. While it is important to focus on the previous generation (such as my Dad and uncles) it's also important to focus on our own lives.
I think genealogists are particularly prone to neglecting themselves in their quest for previous generations.
Can you remember all the addresses where you have lived? Have you written them down? Take a moment to do it if you haven't done it yet. Better yet, create a directory on your computer called "My Life" or something similar and start recording many of your memories. Do a little bit each week.
What a shame it would be to lose your own memories! Save them and pass them on!