2018 is now in the past. 2019 holds so much opportunity for the future. So, what opportunities does it hold for you and your family history goals?
We already have several family history projects planned for 2019. One of them for our own family is to digitize and publish my dad’s journal from his mission. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was 19 years old. He served in the California San Diego mission for two years just prior to he and my mom getting married in 1977.
He had many choice experiences that he documented on tape. Some years ago my mom went through and transcribed those tapes. This was prior to a good word processing program. We are going through and retyping, reformatting, etc. this journal. We have been scanning in photos from his mission to include in the journal as well. Our hope is to professionally bind a copy of the journal for each of my sisters and their families. Eventually, we want all of the grandchildren to have a copy of this journal as well.
We want all of our family to be able to know what he was like at this particular point in his life. It has been enjoyable to see what he was like at this young age and what things he experienced. His mission shaped his life and helped him to become the man that he wanted to be.
Luckily, there is a lot of talent in our family to assist with this project. One of my sisters, Andrea, is a graphic designer. I imagine her talents will come in handy with this project! Lucky her!
There are so many things that each of us can do to record and preserve our family history. My dad’s mission journal remake is just one of them that we want to do for our own family.
Our hope is that all of us can find ways to preserve our history during this next year. Let us know what projects you are planning to work on! We can share in the journey together!
Happy New Year!
Charity Hepworth- Faces of our Past