I come from a family of storytellers. One way we get to know people is to swap stories. I am fortunate to have been told stories about my great-great grandparents. Such as I have a great-great grandfather who died in the notorious Civil War prisoner of war camp at Andersonville.
So if you are blessed with older family members with long memories and great stories, interview them. Besides preserving family history, you may find literary inspiration.
What inspiration from family stories have you gained?