Capture Your Life Stories

Aunt Mazella was known for her delicious pound cake, which was easy to make and brought her community so much joy at get-togethers. Umi learned the recipe from Aunt Mazella, and shared the recipe wherever she lived over the next generations. Discover more of Aunt Mazella's storyopens a new window ( 

We all have stories, however simple, that are a part of who we are. A recipe we always bake, the quilt a loved one made, or a family anecdote. Our lives are defined by these stories, and sharing them with the next generation can be meaningful and important.

This fall, join us for a series called Capture Your Life Storiesopens a new window. Each program will take a different approach to recording some aspect of your story to share with loved ones. We’ll teach you genealogy basics, creative journaling and give you a space to record a short oral story. Register onlineopens a new window for our series at Kelver Libraryopens a new window, and keep an eye out for the series at other locations in the future. We hope you will join us for each program as we explore ways to capture your life stories.

While you're waiting, here are some fun memoirs about family histories and genealogy:

Family Secrets

Echols discovered her family history in the attic and wrote this book about her grandfather, Walter Davis. In Depression-era Colorado, Davis ran a building and loan association that bankrupted many.

Luxenberg's mother's death revealed that she had a sister who no one had known existed. At the age of 21, her sister had been permanently admitted into a mental hospital. The author examines his family's perplexing, hidden past in this book.

Wagner becomes aware of a troubling mystery in her family history that makes her explore her family's diverse origins. Along the way she examines DNA and questions why genealogy is so important to us.

From the host of the television show with the same title comes this book about twelve celebrities' searches to find their family histories. In addition to searching documentation, Gates uses DNA to find out more about his clients' family histories.

A Colorado woman with Indian and Spanish ancestors is diagnosed with breast cancer, which leads to the discovery that she has a genetic marker which is a reliable sign of Jewish descent. In this book the author looks at the history of Jewish people converting to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition, as well as religion in the San Luis Valley later.

Daisy Turner lived to be 104 and kept the oral history of four generations of her family. Beck interviewed her to write this book, which follows Turner's ancestors, taken from Africa as slaves, through to Daisy's own life.

Mozingo knew very little about his father's family until a professor's offhand comment led him to the discovery that he was descended from a slave who was brought to Jamestown in the 1600s. This book presents a search for information about the many generations of a family in the United States.

Light examines her family history: in part one she looks at her father's family, and in part two her mother's. Throughout English history, her family members had few resources and left few traces, but Light digs deep to create a more complete history.

Lukasik's mother chose to pass as a white woman in the Jim Crow South, and not even her husband knew the truth. This book follows Lukasik's search for the truth and the way her perception of her heritage changed.

Griffeth's DNA test for his brother's genealogy research revealed multiple family secrets, which he examines in this book. Having previously written a book about his family history, Griffeth found out that the family tree he had created was incorrect.

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