What a thoughtful thing to do for your family!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles Hartley" <hartley(a)iglou.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 27, 2010 11:36 AM
Subject: [BOWLES] Passing On Your Heritage
One thing I started doing several years ago was sending brief email
to my grandchildren (who were ages 16-24 at the time) telling them about
various ancestors. I began with a message telling them what I was going to
do, and suggesting that they store the messages so that they could look
at them later. Below is a portion of that initial message:
The message is being sent to all of you, and to your Mom as well.
with this message, I am going to try to share with you some of your family
heritage in the hope that you will be able to learn more about the people
who were your ancestors.
I'll try to keep it simple and not overwhelm you with a lot of details,
I think it is important that you know about your own heritage. These
messages will come to you as I finish them, perhaps one or two a week. To
help you keep track of them, and perhaps store them for later reference, I
will use a constant subject line: "Your Heritage - #" with the number of
One of the things that you will learn early on is that it took a lot of
different kinds of people to make you. Some were exceptionally good, some
not so good; but all have a story to share. I will not try to gloss over
what anyone did or didn't do in order to make them something they were
When I am not certain of a piece of information, I will tell you so.
I will begin with your mother's side of the family since I know more about
In this way I've been able to "talk" with my grandkids. Perhaps something
like this will work for you.
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