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Re: Passing down family stories
In Response To: Passing down family stories ()
Hi Afi..'Meet/Eat/Greet'. This is what I think my family reunions are all about. Nobody seems to know or they choose not to remember family stories. We have a 4 surname family reunion, and thats because all married into the same families (Greens married the Childs, Greens married the Davis', Greens married the Prestons, Childs married the Davis and so on and so on). At a family reunion we had in Oakland, Ca., in the year 2000, one family head member got up and spoke at the banquet and couldn't go back as far as his own parents, and, he was an older man..I know he knew more, he had to..his grandparents were still living when he was about 15 years old (my research that I thought not to bring up to him since he swore he didn't know anything about his grandparents at the reunion, he was ashamed of what they did, I'm sure some folks knew, I knew, but only after I started my research). So with this kind of action on his part, I would think he never told his 'own' children anything, if he did, they didn't say anything either, they just all sat together in their own family groups. I thought my first 'family history book' would break some ice as far as people talking and asking and answering questions, but, the only thing I got was 'How come my name isn't in here?' I did send out family group sheets with SASE before (about 5 months) the reunion, with no responses. Oh well, must have sent them to the wrong people. Anyway, when someone finds a way of breaking the family *ice* and getting folks to talk, Please...let me know..I will try just about anything..I only wish they would realize 'were not here to hurt the family, but, bring them together'.