“If you could receive a recording from your great grandfather, what would you hope he talked about?”
I asked this question on Twitter. But before you read the answers below I challenge you to open up a document, or grab a piece of paper and write down your answer.
Once you read what other’s wrote it will change what you think, and maybe it will give you some better ideas, but the answer is actually deeply personal to you.
A lot of people want to know the details of the ancestors –
What his family tree looked like. I wish I had records but the village church my grandad's from (Coştei, Romania) burned down and all the paperwork with it. 90% of my living relatives are gone now so the mystery remains...— Sebastian S. Cocioba🌻🛠 (@ATinyGreenCell) July 7, 2022
It is common for people to wonder about the relationship between your great grandfather and his wife, your great grandmother.
My great grandmother. I was 12 when he died, so I have memories of him. Great grandma died when I was 5. Family talks about how fun she was. I'd like to hear about her from him.— Ben (@bpeters5814) July 8, 2022
Everyone wants to hear stories.
I'd hope he just tells stories from his life, the way my dad and grandfather did.— FEELCool (@theFEELCool) July 7, 2022
People want to know how to live up to their ancestor’s expectations.
I’d think recording about what defines success with examples of the worst times and the best times blended into an inspirational story. And also maybe three of the filthiest jokes he ever heard 😂😂😂— Jay Curtis “certified” (@jcurtis7ac) July 7, 2022
A lot of men want to know what their great grandfather drank.
How he decided to enter agriculture vs other career or life choices. Struggles and successes. Favorite cold beverage👍— Brent Lott (@Lott4cy) July 7, 2022
We all want to know… why they did what they did, and how.
What being a Mason was really like.— Scott Pilchard (@fescueman) July 8, 2022
Can you vouch for the stories my mom told about you?
How did you accumulate so much wealth?
What made you build the home in Pacific Grove, and why does the tower have a castle-like trim?
You won’t get that recording, but you could create it for your great grandchildren…
It is clear that this question captures the minds of anyone you ask. What a gift it would be to see and hear your ancestors talking about their lives. Even if they thought their lives were nothing special, the fact that it is your family legacy is what makes it valuable.
The good news is that you could create this recording to be shared with your great grandchildren. You shouldn’t wait to do it. You could buy a Legacy Interview and one day give it to your great grand children.
Once you do a Legacy Interview; you have it, forever.