You have probably used the Memories features in Family Tree to preserve and share photos and stories of your ancestors. Now, what about yourself? Why not use the Memories features in Family Tree to help you preserve and share your own story?
By using Memories features to upload photos and stories of yourself and then linking them to your information in Family Tree, you can establish your own presence on the tree and craft it the way you want it to be. Future generations will be able to know you and will learn about your life from your own perspective. For example, you can upload and describe the photos of yourself that are most meaningful or interesting to you (or the most flattering!). You can upload documents of the important events in your life. And you can upload a summary of your life and stories of your experiences, as well as the thoughts you want to share with your descendants.
Keep in mind that the photos, stories, and documents you upload will be visible to others. Be sure to ask permission of living people who appear in your photos before uploading them, and be aware of things that might be sensitive to others in the stories or documents you upload
President Spencer W. Kimball affirmed the importance of sharing our own story with future generations:
“What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved? (Spencer W. Kimball, “Angels May Quote From It,” New Era, Oct 1975)
Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander explained how quickly memory can be lost:
“My grandchildren will have no knowledge of their family’s history if I do nothing to preserve it for them. That which I do not in some way record will be lost at my death, and that which I do not pass on to my posterity, they will never have. A life that is not documented is a life that within a generation or two will largely be lost to memory.” (Dennis B. Neuenschwander, “Bridges and Eternal Keepsakes,” Ensign, May 1999)
By using Memories features in Family Tree to preserve and share your own story, you can provide your descendants a digital record of your life that will always be available to them.