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As a writer, I've always been interested in family stories. When I heard of a Satanic cult in my family tree, I thought I'd found the story of a lifetime. Read more.

Passed & Present: 85 Ideas for Keeping Family History Alive

Passed & Present: 85 Ideas for Keeping Family History Alive

When my paternal grandmother died, she left behind boxes upon boxes of photo albums, letters, greeting cards and other ephemera. Digging through the boxes, I felt excited—then overwhelmed. My grandmother had been an intensely private person. These documents were now my only key to her past. How would I extract their meaning, and keep this family history relevant to future generations?

A Book Review of "Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive"

Allison Gilbert’s book “Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive” contains 85 ideas for doing just that: preserving the memories and mementos of loved ones lost. Ideas range from the crafty (#16: Repurpose old film reels) to the techy (#24: Have someone digitize your family records) to the spiritual (#63: Devote an entire day to remembering).

I saw the book on the Staff Picks table of my local library, and enjoyed reading it so much that I bought a copy for myself. “Passed and Present” not only offers comfort to the grieving, but also provides great resources for family historians, genealogists and just about everyone who has an attic or a closet full of stuff from generations past.

Get your copy of “Passed and Present” on Amazon, or read an interview with author Allison Gilbert. And let me know: what are your favorite ways to preserve family artifacts, repurpose old mementos and keep family history alive?  

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