Can Ancestry and Genealogy Research Cultivate Motivation?
“With tears in their eyes, people tell me that after reading my manuscript they know they just have to write down so-and-so’s stories... ‘Now I know I just have to.’”
Although times were tough for Elliott, he says he doesn’t remember feeling that he was poor. “Up until I was about nine, our living conditions were closer to those who lived in the forties.”
Always a fan of writer Earl Hamner, Elliott writes about his feelings and experiences growing up. His parents and grandparents were all born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in and around Sandy Hook, Kentucky, but left there before he was born. “Since I wasn’t born until they all lived in Southern Indiana, I wanted to know more about why they left Elliott County, Kentucky. --They all spoke of it so affectionately” He encourages others to write down memories and stories as he says: “Like our loved ones, these stories will also fade if not preserved.”
He writes for the people who would like to spend more time in the hammock or lawn chair. He wants readers to rekindle the passion for home made ice cream and family storytelling sessions. Likewise, he writes light-hearted stories for those who want to achieve inner peace. His stories offer a peaceful refuge from day-to-day annoyances.
For those who still love The Walton’s television shows and other Earl Hamner stories about life growing up, Elliott offers them some reading that will fill some of their voids.
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