Much like keeping a diary, journal writing is a wonderful way of recording meaningful insights and memories in life. For many people, keeping a journal can be a great way of releasing emotional pressure. After writing about struggles and challenges, there is simple relief and often it can provide a new perspective that can help a person overcome the problem. Journals can also be a great tool for measuring spiritual and emotional growth. More importantly, however, a journal is an author’s way of preserving his or her self for future generations.
In doing genealogical work, studying ancestral journals is a key in unlocking links to family ties and in between generations. Private genealogists and genealogy companies use journals for research to find a lot of useful data. In between stories of successes and failures, there are names that can fill up missing lines in a family chart and other facts that can lead to more family information. In many cases, families find out their intercontinental heritages from stories and events recorded in journals. While genealogy can be a simple pastime for some people, it is also an important and even sacred responsibility for others. Latter-day Saints or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints work on their genealogy to find names and perform ordinances on their kindred dead.
Sure, private and professional genealogists can always trace family lineages and history through other means but there is much to be gained in keeping a journal now, not only for yourself, but for your descendants to come. Keep memories alive and let others know you even long after you’re gone. As Anita Young Hallman, author of the book Self Preservation has said, “As long as someone remembers you, you never die.”