Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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Friday, November 29, 2013
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
- journal - there are various ways to journal besides the typical
- do one line a day
- keep a calendar and mark important events and details
- keep a journal online - in a file on your computer, in emails or on a website
- carry one with you all the time and jot things down as they happen
- include extra details- recipes, locations, clothing
- write a personal history
- journal prompts
- blog- share pictures with family: blogspot.com, wordpress, typepad
- print blog books- keep pictures and journaling together blurb.com, blog2print.com
- scrapbooks- paper or digital
- print pictures- label them, can print from smartphone to groovebook.com
- scan or take picture of children’s artwork
- take a picture at the same place on the same date every year
- interview about their life- write it down, tape record or videotape
- type up journals and documents now so you can ask questions
- ask questions about the relatives they remember
- encourage them to write their personal history
- have family reunions, reach out to less known relatives
- family facebook group or other online group
- when someone dies, write down the details and the stories that are shared
- write letters - to living relatives there is a better chance of lasting, to children to be read in the future
- organize what you or a relative has - make family history book, scan documents, put it all together
- recipes-collect and organize favorite family recipes
- internet search- just spend some time browsing some family names online to see what’s out there
- include family history on the back of heirlooms
- kids and youth
- keep their own journals and scrapbooks
- tell them the stories of ancestors often
- record family interviews - interview kids each year and write down what they say or videotape it
- have kids interview relatives-be sure to ask about everyday life
- have the kids write or draw about the family, a summer vacation or major event
- print/copy your records for them
- take the youth to the family history center
- summer of sleuthing- one ward did this challenge
- indexing- perfect sunday activity, they use technology anyway, this is perfect for the youth
- Church resources
- byu site- take the religion class, see what projects they are working on
- create your own fan
- print fan for kids and spouse
- focus on just one ancestor a year
- invite others to use it
- go to the family history center
- Temple work
- go more often- put it on your calendar, choose a regular time to go
- submit names
- watch someone’s kids so they can go
- let others know when you are going and carpool
- What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Do you have a nickname?
- When and where were you born?
- How did your family come to live there?
- Were there other family members in the area? Who?
- What was the house (apartment, farm, etc.) like? How many rooms? Bathrooms? Did it have electricity? Indoor plumbing? Telephones?
- Were there any special items in that house that you remember?
- What is your earliest childhood memory?
- Describe the personalities of your family members?
- What are some favorite memories about your father?
- What are some favorite memories about your mother?
- What kind of work did your parents do?
- What kind of games did you play when you were growing up?
- What was your favorite toy and why?
- What was your favorite thing to do for fun (movies, beach, etc.)?
- Did you have family chores? What were they? Which was your least favorite?
- Did you receive an allowance? How much? Did you save money or spend it?
- What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High school? College?
- Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
- What school activities and sports did you participate in?
- Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?
- Who were your childhood heroes?
- What were your favorite songs and music?
- Did you have any pets? If so, what kind and what were their names?
- What was your first car?
- What was your religion growing up? What church, if any, did you attend?
- Were you ever mentioned in a newspaper?
- Who were your friends when you were growing up?
- What was your social life like as a teenager?
- What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them personally affect your family?
- Describe the town or city that you grew-up in.
- Describe a typical family dinner. Did you all eat together as a family? Who did the cooking? What were your favorite foods?
- How were holidays (Birthdays, Christmas, etc.) celebrated in your family? Did your family have special traditions?
- Describe any special gifts you received as a child? As an adult?
- How is the world today different from what it was like when you were a child?
- Who was the oldest relative you remember as a child? What do you remember about them?
- What do you know about your family surname?
- Is there a naming tradition in your family, such as always giving the firstborn son the name of his paternal grandfather?
- What stories have come down to you about your parents? Grandparents? More distant ancestors?
- Are there any stories about famous or infamous relatives in your family?
- Have any recipes been passed down to you from your family members?
- Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family?
- Are there any special heirlooms, photos, bibles or other memorabilia that have been passed down in your family?
- When did you first leave home? Did you ever travel or live away for an extended period of time?
- What was the full name of your spouse? Siblings? Parents?
- When and how did you meet your spouse? What did you do on dates?
- What was it like when you proposed (or were proposed to)? Where and when did it happen? How did you feel?
- Where and when did you get married?
- What memory stands out the most from your wedding day?
- Describe your first home after you were married?
- How would you describe your spouse? What do (did) you admire most about them?
- What do you believe is the key to a successful marriage?
- How did you find out you were going to be a parent for the first time?
- Why did you choose your children’s names?
- Describe your children.
- What was your proudest moment as a parent?
- What did your family enjoy doing together?
- Describe your grandchildren.
- How many places have you lived? Describe the different places.
- What were some of your memorable vacations?
- What are some different ways you have used your free time?
- What was your profession and how did you choose it?
- If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasn’t it your first choice?
- What are your favorite books? Your favorite quotes?
- Have any of your family members died? What do you remember of their death and what were the circumstances of their death?
- What kinds of hardships, tragedies did your family face growing up? In your married years?
- Share a few memories of your grandparents.
- Describe any special memories of extended family like aunts, uncles and cousins? Did you see them often?
- What medical issues have you had to deal with throughout your life?
- List 20 or more things that make you happy.
- Share a few deeply moving (spiritual) experiences you have had in your life.
- If you could go back and change one thing in your life what would it be?
- Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel is the most valuable?
- What do you see as your personal strengths?
- What accomplishments were you most proud of?
- What is the one thing you most want people to remember about you?
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