I wrote an article well over a year ago entitled Help Your Ancestors Live Forever - Write Your Family History. The article resonates with me because that is what drives me to be the ONE who honors my ancestors.
Now I am not naive or unappreciative - you and I are not alone. Maybe you have distant cousins (as I do) who have been a tremendous help and are equally or maybe just mildly interested. They can provide stories and photos and maybe a date or two. So with this in mind even though you are the ONE - you do need help and are lucky to get it.
If you are like me, you will "fall in love" with your ancestors, despite their human foibles or even the possible bad deeds that they committed. Maybe you will have a Moritz Braunhart in your family - a man who I know little about but whose life I would do almost anything to discover more about. Maybe a William William Williams, my great grandfather, who gave up his life as a slate miner in Wales to go to California and pan for gold. And maybe even a Samuel Braunhart, a feisty politician, who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. Today's politicians could learn a thing or two from Samuel. I mean - I love these people. And what I wouldn't do to spend just one day with my great grandmother Ernestine Bernstein, who died before I was born and who at 17 was the first of her generation to immigrate to America - by herself, with no one to greet her. How did this seemingly mild-mannered later housewife get the gumption to do that?
How are you going to honor them?
By being the ONE. That's how. Accept the challenge. Have some fun and fall in love with your ancestors.