I Was Here

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Daily Prompt: I Was Here – by Krista on December 26, 2013 –You are the first astronaut to arrive on a new, uncharted planet. Write the note that you leave to those who come after you. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/prompt-here/

What a great tie-in to genealogy! Isn’t this what we are doing right now?

Leaving notes for those that are our descendents.

What do you want them to know about you, about your ancestors, or about themselves as they read it? Are you writing to your great great grandchild that is not even a twinkle in their fathers eye yet? But you want them to know something about their ancestors, perhaps it is something that you would have liked to known yourself.

I often wonder with all the changes in technology, if I leave a video will they be able to view it? If I leave a DVD will they know what it is and will there be any equipment or knowledge on how to use-will they be able to view it? Should that stop us from making a video, a DVD or even a film recording of what we want to show them or tell them?, Of course not!  Do it, and do it now. If you don’t have access to those or don’t know how to work them yourself, get a neighbor or friend to help you with it. Check out the local library for someone who could help you. Or write it down in your own handwriting so they have something that you held in your hands and they have your handwriting to see. The same emotions would be had with a video or DVD or film too.

It is that connection we are leaving behind for those who come after us. It is that connection we have made with our ancestors and that we are making with those who are our descendents. Connections that bring us together, that let us close a chapter in our lives, that give us the opportunity to open or close doors that have been left swinging on their hinges.

Who do you want to connect with by leaving a note about uncharted territory you have had to encounter?

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