20 Reasons to Get Over Doubt, Fear, and Uncertainty When Writing your Family History

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Writing your family history can be a rewarding and enriching experience, but it can also be intimidating and seem like a monumental task.

It's natural to feel doubt, fear, or uncertainty when embarking on this journey, but there are many good reasons to push past these feelings and get started.

Here are just a few that come to mind.....

20 Reasons why it's Important to Accomplish This Goal

  1. To be able to share your family's unique stories and experiences with future generations.
  2. To document and preserve your family's history for posterity.
  3. To better understand and connect with your ancestors and their experiences.
  4. To celebrate the achievements and contributions of your family members.
  5. To honor the memory of loved ones who have passed away.
  6. To learn about your family's cultural and social history.
  7. To explore your family's role in local or national events or movements.
  8. To help your children and other family members learn about their heritage and roots.
  9. To create a sense of belonging and identity within your family.
  10. To build stronger connections and relationships within your family.    
  11. To inspire curiosity and pride in your family's history among future generations.
  12. To learn valuable life lessons and gain insights from your family's experiences.
  13. To add depth and context to your own personal narrative and identity.
  14. To provide a source of inspiration and motivation for your own goals and aspirations.
  15. To help your family heal and move forward from past challenges or conflicts.
  16. To break the cycle of secrecy or avoidance around certain topics in your family.
  17. To learn about your family's strengths and resilience in the face of adversity.
  18. To gain a sense of closure or resolution around unresolved issues in your family's past.
  19. To find common ground and understanding within your family.
  20. To contribute to the broader understanding and knowledge of family history and genealogy.

There are numerous benefits to writing your family history, including leaving a lasting legacy for your children.

Remember these reasons when you feel like giving up or you think the task is too large and will take lots of time.

  • It's true, writing and publishing your history is a big commitment, but it's well worth the sacrifice.
  • It took me two years to write my family memoir, but I'm so excited that I did. 
  • I'm sure you have your own reasons for wanting to share your history.

These above are just a few of the many reasons to get over your doubt, fear, and uncertainty and start writing your family history today.

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