Documenting Your Life Series begins

May 24, 2014

It took me a while after my mother and father died to go through their books and personal papers. When I did I was surprised to find a “tell me about my grandparents” book that had been purchased by my brother and given to my mother in 1985 when my nephew was born. Not every page was filled out; not every question was answered. However, the questions that were answered were enlightening and it brought me great pleasure to read my mother’s handwriting again. Today I mailed that book to my brother in Australia to give to his now adult son.

Creating my personal history journal has been an endeavor I want to do but one I never seem to budget time for. So today I purchased a simple journal, grabbed books from my genealogy/family history bookshelf to guide me and also looked to the internet for questions to answer to help me get started. Steve Anderson, blog writer for the “Family History” website ( suggests creating a family history journal by answering just one question a week for a year. I like that plan, the writing becomes an approachable task, broken into doable time segments.

I intend to complete my journal entry as I prepare my newsletter; I thought you might like to join me. You do not need to be concerned about your writing “skill”.  This is YOUR story and the most important part…is just getting started.

see next post for the first question(s)/prompt and begin YOUR journey




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