American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society just launched a new project this this week, to be called Ancestor Strong. It depends upon submissions from users who are willing to share stories about the tough times their ancestors (and others) lived through. Wars, pandemics, oppression, displacement, economic crisis, and similar stories are strong candidates for stories that can be shared with others.
If you have a story that should be shared, you might want to contribute. Here is the announcement:
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” –Maya Angelou
As we all process the last year of tremendous challenge and change, there is an opportunity to reflect upon our lives in the context of history and our ancestors. Many of us have heard family stories about the tough times they lived through. Wars, pandemics, oppression, displacement, economic crisis – our foremothers and fathers often had it rougher than we do now.
In the spirit of finding inspiration and strength from those who came before us, we’ve asked members and visitors to share interesting family stories for a new web project – Ancestor Strong. The memories provided thus far are a testament to the courage, tenacity, and faith of generations past.
To date we’ve received nearly 50 responses and are looking for many more. We’re hoping an article would help us get the word out about the call for entries, as well as give these stories a wider audience. Anyone can visit the site, and via a simple form, submit a story on behalf of an ancestor who inspired them.
You can page through to see the existing submissions; and scroll down on the home page to see the “Share Your Ancestor’s Story” button, which leads to a submission page.