Thursday, July 29, 2010

I’m Changing the Purpose of my Blog

Curt Witcher July 2010 Curt Witcher, the manager of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind., was the plenary speaker at BYU's Conference on Family History and Genealogy on Wednesday. Michael DeGroote reported on his talk in the Mormon Times this morning. His article can be found at this link:

For all of my adult life, until the advent of social networking sites like Facebook, I’ve been a letter writer. I also have always loved receiving handwritten letters in the mail. In Curt’s talk, he asks the question, “When was the last time you received a letter from someone?” I know it’s been 2 or 3 years since I have. It’s been that long since I’ve written and mailed one too! 

I started this blog in September, 2008 with the intent of sharing my genealogy research findings. Lately I’ve slacked off on my postings because I’ve been quite busy researching and enjoying the written gifts sent to me by other researchers with relevant material on my husband’s family. This brings me back to Curt’s point: in many cases, we know much of what we know about our family’s past because of the letters that were written by and to them. What I’ve enjoyed reading for the last two months are transcriptions of letters written to my husband’s great, great grandaunt by her grandchildren in the early 1900s. See the previous story abut that. 

But my grandchildren are not writing letters to me these days. They’re posting their daily activities on Facebook instead.   

After reading Curt’s observations, I’m going to change the focus of my writing from sharing with the geneablogging community to sharing with my posterity. I suppose the content will be the same, but my purpose will be changed. As I write and post photos, explanations, findings, etc. I’m going to do it with my grandchildren and great grandchildren in mind, rather than my contemporaries on Facebook! Right now my grandchildren are not interested in what I have to say or to share, but with wonderful tools like Blurb, I can write about my family history and print it all in book form for my descendants. I’m confident that SOMEBODY, SOMEDAY will find SOMETHING that I’ve written interesting and maybe even valuable.
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