It is amazing how interesting the lives of our older relatives have been. It might be hard to imagine, but your parents, grandparents, and other relations have had some memorable experiences. They have some interesting stories to tell, just as you also do.
October is Family History Month, and I encourage you to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives to share something important that happened in their lives. Then you could also share with them an event that you felt made a huge impact on your life. The sharing of oral histories is one type of folklore. It is the underlying foundation of all personal history, which is the most meaningful history for anyone. What happens on a daily basis to real people like you and your family is what makes history important to us.
Of course, there are the "big picture" historical events that shape the world, but that seems far away sometimes. Family history eliminates any distance between what has happened and the people to whom it has been happening. Family stories are immediate and real, because we know the folks involved.
I've selected some of our favorite library's videos promoting family history, local history, and genealogical research. I hope you enjoy them.
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