I have been interested in family traditions from my very earliest years. I was aware, as a Mom, of hoping some of our family traditions would continue with my children and grandchildren.
As a young girl, I loved sitting with Grandma or Uncle Lawrence or Auntie Bee, listening to their stories of the olden days. The summer of my 10th year I spent time with my Auntie Cora, and began to write down the names of my mother’s 8 siblings and their families. I wanted to understand how all my aunts and uncles and cousins were related.
Since then I have gathered about 25,000 (yes, twenty-five thousand!) of my ancestors and descendants in my genealogy data base. For our last family reunion. I published a book with some of this information.
I hope someone in the family with take what I have gathered and continue this tradition.