I am traveling this summer to teach people how easy and fun it is to write their family histories. I really think they should come to me, instead. I'd open the door and let them explore every box, every basket, every trunk and photo album, including the hundreds of documents and items that have made their way from Mom to me. I would be the tour guide for this genealogical jungle. It would take maybe fifteen minutes for me to get my point across. A story I tell about my family reminds you of a story about your family.
Oh, look! Here's the key for my old VW Rabbit! What kind of cars have you driven? What kind of cars did your parents have? Who taught you to drive? Where?
In this box here? Those are ceramic shards of my favorite pink vase. It was from the house of my growing up. Got smashed in an earthquake in California. I had to wear a hard hat to my newspaper job because the building was in shambles.
Have you ever been though an earthquake? A tornado? A flood?
Leaving here, these imaginary students would go home and start viewing their living rooms as a repository of stories of many lives lived.
I truly feel I'm living among many generations of ancestors, and they've chosen my place as their clubhouse.
D.G. Fulford is the author of , written with her mother Phyllis Greene. She is also the co-founder of . You can find her at .
Photo credit: Marcia Smilack