|(c) 2012 Gena Philibert-Ortega|
But today I started thinking about other technologies that are different. When I went to high school I typed my papers on a manual typewriter. As a college student I bought an electric typewriter which seemed like a luxury. I learned to type in junior high, the same time I learned to take shorthand.
When I graduated from college, I used a word processor for work. Boy, that seemed like the best thing ever. Not only could you type, but you could correct mistakes prior to pushing the print button. Then your text would be printed on a piece of paper (dot matrix). I was so grateful to have that and not have to mess with correction fluid or ribbons.
In my brief time on this earth (well not too brief) I have seen technologies come and go. Items that were essential when I was younger (telephone booths, typewriters, carbon paper, mimeograph machines) are now antiques. So if that is true for me, imagine how it is for my parents or grandparents.
So what does this have to do with genealogy? Everything.
Need help writing your life story? Think about how life has changed since you were young and write about that. Write about what you used a typewriter for and include a photo since no one will know what that is in 100 years. Write about your trek to school each day and include a map. Talk about what you did for entertainment. Help your descendents have a visual picture of life back in the 'old days' circa 1980 or even 1940.
Write what life was like for you. Write like you wish your ancestors had written.