O, this may seem far fetched but definitely is time to do this.
Having done research with pen, pencil and paper, binders, maps and books for almost 40 years, it was interesting in 1991 when I started working a wee bit with computers and genealogy.
Aware I had 18 boxes at one point on various lines of the family. Some was inherited from Mom, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends that later became cousins. I worked this down to 12 and have since added 2 1/2 more to the pile.
A cousin said," take a box a day and work some until it is entered. It will take a while but you will succeed." That was in 1994. Bless that cousin he is no longer with us. We shared on our Tracy line.
Some days those boxes hold more bank notes, receipts and data if that source. I used to think it would be fun to catalog what was spent in one year to raise our five children. Why because MOM used to keep account of the mini ranch and she knew at the end of each year what it cost to run the place and feed and clothe us. Truly that is a bit of useful information.
So now comes the tolling bells, clear out those boxes and put into a program for the future generations to read and learn about their Great Grandparents, Grandparents, and Parents when they where younger and active. Many friends have lost children and adults both. Those of us that have not are truly blessed.
Families need to know this information, also medical information is key in todays world.
So clearing the boxes and adding to the internal tree is my goal. I have cleared five boxes since December.
Family and it's working's are very important to me. Dad so wanted a close family like Mom's, He worked hard with his siblings to bring about harmony and sharing of family.
Not sure what he would think of his family today but I hope he realizes we do care of whom we are, where we are from and what we can become.
More so our youth need to know these things so they have a drive to step up and try different things that really may not be different from what family did in the past.