If you're a genealogist, you'd give blood and pay money to go back in time and converse with one or more of your progenitors to find out what their life was really like. But what about your ggg-grandchildren? How are you preserving what makes life shine for you and your family? If you need some ideas, this entertaining and informative book is for you!
Marcha Fox’s passion for science fiction began as a child. Her determination to write in that genre knew no bounds, such that she even went back to college in her 30s to obtain a bachelor’s of science degree in physics, after which she spent over 20 years working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Science and engineering experience notwithstanding, it’s the unexplained mysteries of the cosmos, such as the concept of a universal consciousness, which provide the setting for Beyond the Hidden Sky, first volume of a four-part series. Centered on the Brightstar family who has been torn apart by a storm of political and scientific intrigue, they will stop at nothing until they are reunited.
When you think of a genealogist what image comes to mind? In days past it was typically someone who was contemporary with the dinosaurs hunched over yellowed documents with a magnifying glass. Today it can be anyone. Family History came in vogue a few years ago, supported by the scrapbook craze and the Internet which was the researcher's dream come true. Nonetheless, writing was still required to some degree, a skill that was intimidating enough to stop some people in their tracks. Fortunately today's technology is your new best friend!
The Family History Fun Factor
Using today’s technology simplifies the process significantly. For example, the next time you see grandpa use your smart phone to record one of his favorite stories. Better yet, make it a video. Having family stories preserved as told by their originator with his or her voice and inflections is undoubtedly more valuable and easier to obtain than a sketchy or poorly written summary. How many volumes of history have been lost for lack of writing skill or the discipline to keep a journal or record important events? However, some people can’t tell a joke much less a story and there’s no guarantee grandpa can tell it better than you could capture it in writing. The main point is to preserve it somehow. Even if his rendition isn’t worthy of a university oral history archive you can always use the recording later to write it up, if you’re so inclined. On the other hand, no matter how poor his storytelling skills may be it still represents an authentic grandpa, which conveys him and his personality to say nothing of his voice which otherwise will be lost to all but memory of those who knew him personally. Even if he was a horrible storyteller I would LOVE to hear my grandfathers’ voices, both of whom died before I was born. Wouldn’t you?