For Christmas, Alan and I tried to make more of our gifts to help us save money. So one of the ideas I came up with was to make a Tanner Family History book. It took some time, but I think it’s a great thing to have in your family! It’s a book that I compiled of stories of our direct line of family (just on Alan’s side for now) that I can show my children so they know who they’re ancestors are.
Luckily Alan’s family is great at keeping documents and writing down their own history so a lot of it was already done for me. Here’s what I put in the book if you want to make one of your own:
– Memories of Alan’s mom (Carolee) as told by her children.
– Memories of Alan’s dad (Daken) as told by his children.
– Memories of Alan’s maternal grandmother.
– Memories of Alan’s maternal grandfather.
– Memories of Alan’s paternal grandmother.
– Memories of Alan’s paternal grandfather.
– Memories of Carolee’s maternal grandmother.
– Memories of Carolee’s maternal grandfather.
– Memories of Carolee’s paternal grandmother.
– Memories of Carolee’s paternal grandfather.
– Memories of Daken’s maternal grandmother.
– Memories of Daken’s maternal grandfather.
– Memories of Daken’s paternal grandmother.
– Memories of Daken’s paternal grandfather.
So that was 3 generations of Alan’s family. I emailed Alan’s siblings and parents and asked them to write memories of as many people as they could remember. And if they didn’t have a memory of that person, any story they had heard. For example, some of Alan’s siblings didn’t really get to know their paternal grandpa, but they knew stories about him so that’s what they wrote about. Some of their ancestors had written personal histories of themselves or their children had written things about them at their funeral. So I scanned those papers in and added them to the book. I also was able to provide a picture for every person in the book! So that was awesome! The book totaled 89 pages, so it was long. I printed a copy for Alan’s parents and then sent a copy to Alan’s siblings by email so they can print their own – printing gets expensive!
I’m excited for my children to read it as they get older and know who their ancestors are and where they came from! Here are a few of my favorite stories if you’re interested:
– Both Alan’s grandmothers graduated from college! That’s unusual for that time period.
– Alan’s grandma was paid 10 cents an hour for babysitting and often cleaned up the house too!
– Alan’s grandpa served in WWII as an artillery officer and was often one of the first jeeps to cross bridges they had just built in Germany. He had a wife and two children at home when he served in the war.
– Alan’s other grandparents were engaged after dating for 2 weeks!
– Alan’s grandpa was kicked in the face by a cow around 4 years old and was knocked out, but ended up being ok.
– On her wedding day Great Grandma Tanner needed to use the bathroom and went to the outhouse, but she forgot they had just moved it and she fell into the sewage hole in her wedding dress! How awful!
– Great Grandma Sears was raised in the Mormon colonies in Mexico.
– It was under Great Grandpa Sears’ supervision that the Book of Mormon was translated into Samoan.
– Great Grandpa Grover’s dad was called to serve a mission for the LDS church leaving a wife and 3 young children at home. His mother had to work the farm all by herself those 2 years.
– Great Grandpa Twitchell was asked to settle Farmington, Beaver, Delta, and finally Escalante, Utah.
I hope you find some great treasures in your family too!