Is there a pedigreed star or a rogue on a limb of your family tree? 

StoryCorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of everyday people, is at the forefront of the National Day of Listening, designated as the day after Thanksgiving each year while families gather together.  They are one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition.

In our Progeny – Cool Stuff section, we’ve profiled  FamilySearch for boomers, boomer kids and boomer parents interested in sleuthing their ancestry. Free genealogy records and resources from around the world are provided by this top-of-the-class website to start building a family history. Another fabulous resource we’ve provided is Personal Historians,, a website for everyone wishing to preserve their unique family heritage and create an enduring and lasting journey through time.

All Americans should take part in the National Day of Listening to honor a friend, loved one, or someone important to them by recording a meaningful conversation about important experiences in their lives. Check out the StoryCorps website for much more information to get started.

We think this is a much better use of one’s time on “Black Friday.” The National Day of Listening is an opportunity to let your loved one’s legacy live on – whether filled with stars or rogues.  What is your story?