About five years ago, my wife and I realized we didn’t know as much as we wanted to about our family history, so we decided to learn more. As we gathered journals and old photos from our grandparents, it was fascinating to learn about the joys and struggles our ancestors endured as they laid the foundation for our family. Now that most of our kids are older, my wife and I have started sharing family history with them and have loved watching their interest in their family history grow.
Last fall, we had the opportunity to take our kids to New York City for the first time and while visiting Ellis Island, we were able to locate my wife’s great grandpa’s name on the Immigrant Wall of Honor. Seeing his name and hearing the story of how he traveled all alone from Italy to America at the age of 16, sparked our kids’ interest in learning more about their great-great-grandpa.