Friday, August 21, 2009

You don't have to kiss them good-bye, if there is a story to tell about them....

Stories are the changing colors of your family tree.

Stories are the changing colors of your family tree.
A glimpse into the lives of relatives helps you understand how your family became who they are.

Plan visits to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins with the mission of gathering
reminiscences of earlier years and any information on the family background. It’s a good idea to tape-record these sessions. (My suggestion is we video tape the interview with the child asking the questions and the older relative answering the questions.)

Every family has fascinating stories that make a real connection to history — the depression, World Wars, civil rights, etc. Some relatives need a little coaxing, but here’s where the kids come in handy.

People are more willing to open up to a child. Other than genealogy questions about dates and names, you will want to ask some of these to help spark some good stories.

What’s the favorite thing you remember about your mother/ father when you were a child?

What were your grandparents like?

How were birthdays celebrated in your family?
What was the best present you ever received?

Were you in the military?
What did you do?

What is your favorite family recipe?

Tell me about your first car.

Did you share your room?

What was your house like?

What chores were you responsible for?

What was your school like?

Who was your favorite teacher?

What was your favorite book as a child?

Tell me something you got in trouble for.

One of the goals of this Blog is to Expand the Living History of the Holland Family to other Media

You find ideas for how to do a family history in interesting places... like your local Kroger cereal asle.

I was shopping and thinking about how to do a DVD project for the Holland Reunion in a couple of years with family members filming on cellphones and digital video cameras material to be put on a DVD for August 13, 2011 AD.

If you want to participate post a comment here are email me at . I will be hosting the Fairplay Holland Union on August 14, 2010 AD. Let's get together and share some ideas.

Here is one... read the back of this cereal box. (Just click on the image to enlarge it.)

Fred Holland

Monday, August 10, 2009

If you did not get a copy of Mary Holland Yamagata's DVD of Holland Trails and Tales... drop me a note at .

Mark your calendars: Holland Reunion August 14, 2010... I hope to have Bev's Scapebook History on a CD as a powerpoint show for you-all.

If you click on the image below you will see an expanded image of one of the Gilbert Holland Family pages

Bevelyn Holland Shepherd's Photos - Holland Family Scrapbook

This book is in memory of my Daddy Samuel Leroy Holland
and his brothers and sister Virgil Mordie Holland,
Leland Rosser Holland, James William Holland, and Minnie Margaret Holland Along with those family members who have received their reward. We are who we are today, because of them and we are so blessed to be a part of this wonderful family.
None are ever gone as long as we remember them.
This book is for all the Hollands past and for the Hollands yet to be.
The genealogy information for the Family Trees was compiled by Sam & Helen Holland and Virgil M. Holland. The hours and miles traveled to research our family was a labor of love.
Bevelyn Holland Shepherd
Great Great Great Granddaughter of Lewis Holland
Great Great Granddaughter of Gilbert Holland
Great Granddaughter of Andrew Jackson Holland
Granddaughter of David Mordie Holland and Adrain Jackson Holland
Daughter of Samuel Leroy and Helen Joyce Holland

Bevelyn Holland Shepherd's Photos - Holland Family Scrapbook Facebook:

Tapley Holland in Painting in the Alamo, showing him as the first to cross Col. Travis' Line in the Sand.

I have but one life to give to Texas ... Tapley Holland