Wednesday, December 19, 2007

More Reasons to Talk, Listen, and Write During and After the Holidays

A survey by uncoverd some surprising results, including the following:

-- Young Americans are looking to their roots. 83 percent of 18- to 34-years-olds are interested in learning their family history. Following closely are the 35- to 54-year-olds at 77 percent and Americans ages 55+ at 73 percent.

--Half of Americans know the name of only one or none of their great-grandparents.

--Twenty-two percent of Americans don't know what either of their grandfathers does or did for a living.

--Although America is known as a nation of immigrants, 27 percent don't know where their family lived before they came to America.

Never assume that no one cares about you or your family's history. Whether or not you want to get seriously involved in genealogy, listen to family stories and write them down. Otherwise, they may be gone forever. Write your own story. We're all part of our family's histories; we all count! The family get-togthers of this season make great opportunities for learning and sharing.

For more of the survey, go to this link:

Happy holidays! I'm off the Houston, Texas, tomorrow, but I'll be back by December 27. For more about my activities, see my other blog, "Never too Late!"

Copyright 2007 by Marlys Marshall Styne


Linda Austin said...

Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season, Marlys. My husband's side of the family gathered for our very first whole family portrait in honor of my in-law's 50th anniversary. Then we looked at a shoebox full of old photos. It was so fun and fascinating to see changes in relatives I know and to "meet" relatives I've only heard about. A great experience.

seniorwriter said...

Hello, Linda. I spent Christmas with relatives in Texas, and it was great! It sounds as though you've found a lot of good family material to write about. I'm working on a post about my niece's fifty-year-old teddy bear, which I gave her soon after she was born.

You can check out some of my holiday experiences on my other blog, "Never too Late!" And Happy New Year to you and your family!