GRAND Magazine- Winter 2020 - 33

grandparenting

Connect your family
BY RICHARD AND LINDA EYRE

Y

ears ago, we did an oil painting of a large tree with lots of branches and lots of roots. We
painted it with an above-ground part and an underground part. Above is the tree itself,
with a picture of us stuck on the trunk and one of our children's pictures on each of the
main branches and their children (our grandkids) on the smaller branches. Below, on the underground part of the painting, are the symmetrical roots - four of them coming down from the
trunk and each splitting into two to form a second root-level of eight, and then, each splitting
again to create the lowest level of sixteen roots.

"

There has never been an easier time to create
this kind of a family narrative. Websites like
familysearch.org make it simple to locate the
data on ancestors, and with a little cyber-digging
and contacting older relatives who are still alive,
it is surprisingly easy to find stories about most of
these noble folks to whom we owe so much.

"

We put the best headshot photos we could find of our parents (our children's four grandparents) on the first four roots, and of our grandparents (our children's eight great-grandparents)
on the next deeper root-row of eight. And through a bit of research, we were also able to find
photos of each of our eight great-grandparents (our kids' sixteen great-great-grandparents.)
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