by Brandon Marie Miller
Everyone has history, stories of our family, some true, some a bit murky with the passage of time, and many stories that turn out to be complete legend.
|My Grandmother - Marie Smith Luke|
I've wondered about their stories, their hardships, their hopes. What adventures did they have? I know several fought in the American Revolution-- in my book Declaring Independence, Life During the American Revolution, there is a copy of my ancestor John Storm's pension papers which he submitted in 1829. A later generation fought in the Civil War. What traits do we have in common? Does my face show features that others shared? Decisions our ancestors made shape our lives; they are part of us, they are in our blood.
People have sought their family pedigrees for centuries. In Benjamin Franklin, American Genius, I include the story of how Ben and his son William dug into their family tree while in England. Internet sites devoted to genealogy make it easy to begin the search, but here is an activity from the Franklin book to get kids started with a simple family tree. See what turns up!
What are some of your family stories?