Family History: Tips for informally interviewing your relatives

This is the fourth in a series of columns about discovering and sharing your family history. For the first three see: Kids are like kites; Telling your family story-It’s so much more than names and dates; Family History, How to Get Started-what’s holding you up? “Out of shared telling and remembering grow identity, connection, and…

Family History: How to get started — what’s holding you up?

This is the third in a series of columns about discovering and sharing your family history. For the first two see: Kids are like kites and Telling your family story-It’s so much more than names and dates. Like any daunting task, the hardest part is getting started. For some families, the problem is knowing very…

Family History: Telling your family story – it’s so much more than names and dates

The most boring classes and books about history are the ones that only list the “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when” of an era. Without the “why” or “how,” the information is virtually meaningless. Eyes glaze over and lifelong opinions form about how irrelevant history is. It’s exactly the same for families. A family tree that…

Family History: Kids are like kites

My Edmonds News is pleased to announce a new column, Family History, by Edmonds resident Maggie Fimia. This article is the first in a series, with the goal of providing pointers on how families can start compiling their own family story. In 1982, when I was pregnant with Chelsea Anne, I found myself at Jones…