Documenting Memories and Family Stories: Remembering 9/11

Genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee shares his memories of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and urges everyone to preserve even painful family stories.

Even Painful Family Stories Deserve To Be Documented and Preserved

Hello everyone. Today, Patriot Day or the Anniversary of 9/11, is a low key day of remembrance for me without too many postings.

But I URGE you to please document your memories of that day, as difficult as it may be. It has already been 17 years and I’ve seen several posts were people couldn’t remember certain facts or went back and made corrections.

Here is my story Remembering 9/11 written in 2008 documenting where I was, how I heard the news, and how I responded. Click HERE to download the PDF version.  If you would like a form document to begin committing your own memories to writing, click HERE to download FORM Family Story in Microsoft Word format.

Family Stories Can Be Lost In Just Three Generations!

I remember my great-grandparents telling stories of the attack at Pearl Harbor, my parents telling stories of the assassination of JFK, and with my stories I don’t want to just have them recorded as oral history. They say that it only take three generations to “lose” a family story. Please, please consider doing this today, and then progress to other important events in your life and the lives of family members as you recall them.

Peace my friends.

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About the Author

Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

1 Comment on "Documenting Memories and Family Stories: Remembering 9/11"

  1. Mary R. Hollis | 14 September 2018 at 10:12 am |

    Thank you so much for all you do and your postings and for providing all the materials and ideas and sharing all your hard work. I get something out of each and every posting you do. You ROCK!

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