While browsing the website for the Association of Personal Historians recently, I found this piece that speculates on what if the last-known living survivor of the Titanic disaster had never been told the story of what happened that night.
Millvina Dean was just a newborn at the time of the sinking and only learned of her father’s sacrifice years later when her mother passed on the story of that tragic night. Yet, as you can read here, the course of Dean’s life was irrevocably impacted by the events of that night, in more than obvious ways — understanding and knowledge that would have been lost for her and future descendents had the story not been told.
Although this is an admittedly dramatic example, as noted by the post’s author H. Fran Morley (Content Editor, Association of Personal Historians), “the stories from our ancestors help us to better understand who we are today. And our descendants will appreciate the stories that we capture today from our own generation.“