Why does family history matter?

Join the founders of Coriaria as they discuss “Why does family history matter?” on our podcast “The intentional family moment.”

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Welcome to the Intentional Family Moment. Take a moment with us as we discuss our thoughts on your family-related questions, then join us as we work together to become more intentional in our families.
This is episode 4, hosted by married Coriaria founders Brent and Michelle. This episode is brought to you by Quilted Memoir – Stitching together memories of your loved ones. Learn more at QuiltedMemoir.com
[Michelle]
Today’s question is: Why does family history matter?
[Brent]
Family history is something that is important to every family because if you don’t know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going. Understanding the stories and heritage behind your family enriches how you view yourself and the relationships that you have with other family members. These are some of the primary reasons that family history matters to many people, certainly for me.
[Michelle]
You can gain a lot of insight and inspiration from your ancestors’ stories, whether that’s because they inspire you to do better than they did or inspire you to do great things like they did.
[Brent]
Being able to reflect on the fact that people in your background have experienced certain things. We both have ancestors that made a lot of sacrifices to travel across the United States from overseas, and their stories are inspirational to me. Being able to understand the sacrifices that they made and how important it was to get here. When there are big challenges in my life, I know that I can meet those challenges. It’s something that I know has been done before.
[Michelle]
Some of the stories from either of our ancestors have inspired me to be more intentional with my family. They sacrificed a lot for their families. Whether in parenting, or marriage, to make their families work and to hold them together. That is a good reminder that they sacrificed a lot for our family to exist, and not to take that for granted.
[Brent]
Right. I think that sometimes different aspects of our family histories may be something that we’re proud of. There may be moments that we find things out about our ancestors that we may be less proud of. We still owe a lot to those that have gone before, regardless of where their contributions may have fallen. Certainly there may have been things that have caused problems for certain parts of families, but there are also great contributions to be found in every part of someone’s history. You can find good things in every part of one’s family history.
[Michelle]
I think that applies in our own immediate family history. We have a personal history as well. It’s important to record, to write, and to share our stories. I know a lot of people think that it’s crazy, but you’ve read all of my journals.
[Brent]
And you’ve read all of mine!
[Michelle]
So we’ve shared those vulnerable parts of our lives together. We’re not proud of every little detail of our history. It’s brought us closer and has helped us understand each other. Because of that, I’m very grateful that we took the time throughout our lives to record those moments of our history because our memory’s not perfect. It’s nice to see different perspectives from different time periods, and to leave those for our future generations as well.
[Brent]
It’s interesting seeing that echoed other places in society. You can search for things about “radical transparency” that companies implement. When we record an unvarnished truth of our lives and share that with people, it helps us to be authentic and more vulnerable. It helps us to be able to sit with and be intentional with the good and the more challenging parts of our experiences and our history. That transparency ultimately helps us strengthen trust and the connections that we have with other people, especially when other people are willing to remember that they also have moments from our life that they might regret or that they might not want to remember as much as other moments.
[Michelle]
Those details help us have the mindset that the book “The anatomy of peace” provides. It reminds us that we all have a story behind us. There are reasons for our actions and our choices. There are reasons why someone may have been speeding past you today. They may not just be trying to be mean. They might have a story behind it. We all have a story behind it. Some of it is good inspiration, some of it is something we are trying to overcome and progress from.
[Brent]
As far as challenges for this week, starting a family history would be a wonderful challenge for everyone to undertake. It might sound very formal and official, but taking a moment to record a journal entry about today or about yourself and saving it someplace where you will be able to keep it. That could be in a book that’s meant for record keeping like a hard cover book. It could be saved to cloud storage that you know is going to be around for a long time. Digital storage is challenging if you’re not careful – it’s a lot easier to lose things that way unless you’re very careful with it.
Our challenge this week is to start and record a family history and to share it with one of your family members. Share what you prepare so they can see what it is and you can talk about it. Draw from a memory from the past as well – something that happened when you were younger or that may have been a defining moment in your life that may not have been recorded yet.
[Michelle]
Or make it a family event. We recently made a time capsule and that’s another way you can make a record of your family history. You can do something fun, you can make a journal entry, you can do a time capsule. Either way, find a way to record a detail of your family history and share that with your family.
[Brent]
Thank you for joining us, now go home and change the world by being more intentional with your family.
Why Does Family History Matter?

Challenge: Start and record your family history

Check out our free printable family time capsule for one idea of recording some family history.

To check out an upcoming family history, go to QuiltedMemoir.com

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