Interview with Dennis Brimhall: Story's place in Family HiSTORYWritten by Carol Rice
At RootsTech 2015, FamilySearch's CEO, Dennis Brimhall and I had a chance to visit about family storytelling. Here's my interview with him.
Over the years I've seen the tide turning in favor of Storytelling as a more relevant part of Family History. It's been an exciting change to watch! Listen in to hear Dennis Brimhall's gracious explanation of how, and why that's happening.
I grew up in a home rich with family heritage. My mom loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and color to faded black and white photos - my mom told me stories.
As a grown woman with five children of my own, I've tried to do the same. For years I did it through scrapbooking. But it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't my artistic skills my children really cared about. They never stopped on a page and said, "Mom, you matched that paper to my shirt - perfectly!" Nope. What they did say as they leaned across my lap, pointing at photos is, "Tell me the story!" "Tell me mom about the day I was born... Tell me mom about the day I cried when everyone sang me happy birthday... Tell me mom about my grandma and her garden..."
Don't worry if you haven't done it forever, just start today. The consistency and cumulative effect of one good question - just sharing one story a day, adds up.
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