I am fortunate that my mother taped several interviews with my grandmother before she died. Several years ago, I transcribed one of those interviews and over the holidays I found the transcription very helpful. I was creating a family history book with MyCanvas for my grandmotherâ€™s sister who is now ninety-six years old. Her mother died when she was very young so she doesnâ€™t remember her well.
In that taped interview, my grandmother had talked about her mother:
â€œShe was very good to us. She never went anywhere–nor did my father–never went anywhere without bringing us a bag of candy and hugging us and kissing us. And our mother loved flowers, oh, did she love flowers. And she loved oleanders, and as a surprise, my father got her and on the porch we had two wash tubs, like this, and one pink and one white oleander. And my father says when they stopped blooming that somethingâ€™s going to happen. . . And when they stopped blooming, my mother died.â€
I included that quote (and another quote about her father) in the book.
If you have family interviews with stories or descriptions of family members, be sure to include them in your family history. They will give future generations a first-person look at your ancestors.
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