As a child, and still now as an adult, I watch television and admire how the families on shows always seemed to have this long legacy of heirlooms, traditions and history to pass on. My family wasn’t like that. I would get bits and pieces of history but there was nothing really special, like a recipe of my grandmother’s, an heirloom piece of jewelry or the story of how my grandparents met. Since, I don’t remember my grandparents or a lot of my aunts and uncles, I’ve always wanted something to connect me to them.
This past Summer, the family, on my grandmothers side, had a mini reunion. It was wonderful. We started putting together a family tree and we even found out that my grandmother’s parents are thought to be originally from Haiti. I finally had a glimpse into family history.
As my husband and I look to start our own family one day, I want to make sure our children know as much about their history as possible. So, while surfing the web one day, I came across an item that will ensure just that. The Family History book. It is leather bound, very durable and has 500+ pages. I bought it for our anniversary this year. It has a 366-page daily chronicle, you just add the year and significant event you want enter. There are pages to record the keepers of the book, family trees and lots of other information. You can pass this book on to future generations and allow them to add history, as well as, read their history.
If it sounds like I’m trying to sell you the book, I am. As I said before, I don’t remember, or never knew, a lot of my family and my mother died when I was 18. This book is a way for us to pass on what I do remember, what I hope to find out and the history of my husband’s family to our children. Everyone’s circumstances are different but I believe this is a gift that truly keeps on giving.
The book is made by Graphic Image. I found it on several websites but Barnes and Noble has it for the cheapest price @ $119, the other prices were about $179. I took our book to a Catholic book store to be embossed for $10.