How far back can you trace your family? What was their life like? What else do you know? Tell a story, share an old family photo or draw your family tree. If you know nothing, ask a relative for some history to share.
Legacy. What is a legacy? One definition from the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “something that happened in the past or that comes from someone in the past.” We are all legacies as we were born and grew up in someone’s past. We also have others who will be our legacies. My siblings and I are our parent’s legacy. My two stepdaughters are my husband’s.
My father’s parents (my grandparents) have left a very large legacy. My dad was one of five sons (two died as children) and seven daughters. Today, only he, two uncles and two aunts remain. The others have left the story of my grandparent’s legacy. Yet their children carry the legacy forward, and along with them their children.
I watch this legacy as it moves forward on a Facebook page established by some of my cousins. The page portrays all of us as our grandparent’s legacy in the posting of pictures from the past and present, and sharing known facts on the family and how it came to be in the United States
The first history lesson posted was from one of the aunts. In the post it notes that our great, great, great (however many) grandfather and his brother immigrated from the village of Graben, Germany to Worms, South Russia in the 1800’s. From another posting, on April 6, 1904 my great, great, great (again however many) grandmother who was 16 at the time arrived with her family to America via Ellis Island on the ship, SS Kaiser Wilhelm II. They traveled to be with family in North Dakota.
There have been no further postings to bring the legacy forward to my grandparents. Hopefully one of us who are part of this legacy will find another piece to the puzzle, and share. For now, there are other postings of pictures taken at family picnics over the years, occasions for celebration, and even those of sadness when the next family member leaves the story of this legacy.
The legacy will continue forward. Of that there is no doubt.