Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Call to Action for Family History Month

We’re a week into Family History/American Archives Month and I thought it would be a good idea to share the extraordinary story of how Family History Month came into existence. Or, rather, how a single event nearly prevented it from coming into existence.

Senate Resolution 160 has in its beginning, “…within our Nation's libraries and archives lie the  treasured records that detail the history of our Nation, our  States, our communities, and our citizens…”, includes, “…interest in our personal family history transcends all cultural and religious affiliations…” and ends with,  “…the involvement of National, State, and local officials in promoting genealogy and in facilitating access to family history records in archives and libraries are important factors in the successful perception of nationwide camaraderie, support, and participation…”

I don’t know about you, but I had NO idea how moving this Resolution is. But, there is something far more interesting about when this Resolution passed in the Senate. Look closely at the transcript of the day the Resolution was passed:

Senate Resolution 160

That’s right. Our Senators set aside time on one of the most important days in this Nation’s history — September 12, 2001 — to ensure that our personal histories would be saved. That’s quite a feat. And, as a Citizen, I feel even more strongly that it’s our responsibility to do whatever we can to preserve the materials in which we find the stories of our ancestors, and tell those stories. Again, get the help and support you will need by joining a local genealogical society. ­­Or two. Because we live in this great Nation and we have the freedom to do that.

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