For as long as I can remember, my grandmother had this very old family portrait hanging over her couch. She told me their names over and over again, but I had only ever met one of them, and she was VERY old. She lived to be 101. My grandma told me stories about them, all these people that were so very dear to her, my relatives, my history, and I find it so sad that the memories of those wonderful people will die with her. How soon we are forgotten! After just a few decades. This is why I like wikitree - you can record those memories, you can preserve those stories. Knowing names and dates is great, but it's so much better to know something about who that person was, if you possibly can. The struggles they endured and the kind of life they lived, the decisions they made, those are the reasons you are alive. If any one of those people had made one choice differently, you may not even be here.
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