By By Floyd Ingram/Chicksaw Journal
HOUSTON – The holidays tend to bring families together, so the Chickasaw County Historical and Genealogy Society is urging the area’s families to take time to document who they are.
The process is simple and usually can be done in an afternoon. It’s also the perfect excuse to pick up the phone and call that aunt, uncle or grandparent you haven’t heard from in years.
“Thanksgiving is not only a good time to share good food, it is also a time for family members to recall days past,” said Larry Davis, president of the CCHGS. “Young adults and teenagers may hear names mentioned and stories told about older family members who have passed away, that they never knew on a personal basis.”
Davis said all that history can be lost in a generation and he urged people to take the time to figure out their lineage.
“Older folks have a way of connecting family members together by recalling their names, who they married, who their parents were and their brother and sisters,” said Davis. “Sometimes family nicknames are used in these oral histories and which only make the stories more enjoyable and memorable.”
Davis said a four-generation ancestor chart accompanying this article is a perfect way to start.
“Take it with you to your family’s Thanksgiving,” said Davis. “Write down the name and dates as well as you can remember. It doesn’t have to be complete or perfect. The idea is to get started and see where it leads.”
The Historical Society is also encouraging families to bring their family history to 731 West Church St., next to Easton’s Chevrolet, on Saturday, Dec. 4, between 9 a.m., and 2 p.m., to have them compiled.
“We will have volunteers on hand to assist you in using our resources and help you further your family history,” said Davis. “All our resources are available free of charge to the public.”
For more information about the December event, e-mail Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.