Do crossword puzzles, they say, for memory enhancement. But do we want to do a better job of helping memory last so that we can speak easily with friends and relatives. All because we recall dates and places? Memory enhancement works for the genealogist 24/7 because, there is a wake-up call (even in the middle of the night) which asks: "There was Thomas Franklin in 1850? He was not on the census....where can I find him? Then, having the puzzle, the brain goes to work digging deep into its mystical storage to find an answer, or another place to search. The brain stores visual and vocal information inside the complex network of the mind. The process may be too complicated to understand, but the information is there. Somewhere in that vast store house is a word of truth from Aunt Mary. It may be just one tiny pronouncement, but you can piece the scenario together from those fleeting words. "Your uncle Harry left home when he was 18 years of age and went to Alabama." "When was that, aunt Mary?""I think 1814." Ok. You have the approximate year of uncle Harry's birth, and the fact that his travels would have been through Indian territory. He may have gotten a passport from the governor or fought in the Indian Wars of 1812 to 1816. These thoughts will led to answers and places to search. The real key of unlocking memories is to trace family histories and to write down names and places. Then go about the search through specific records. The experience will enliven and stimulate conversation amongst friends and relatives. And, they will also get an accurate and fulfilling dose of history!
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