Writing Your Story with #52Stories Prompts

Writing Your Story with #52Stories Prompts

Each of us has a story to tell. A story worth remembering...but, who has the time? Guess what? It just got easier. What if you could write a quick story, a story that has meaning - a story that will be treasured someday by those we leave behind? FamilySearch, with the help of talented people like Allison Kimball and Rhonna Farrer have just made it easier. They created a series of story prompt questions, based on 12 themes (a different theme for each month). Each week you choose a different question and write your story, and make it as short and simple or as long as detailed as you want. Allison and Rhonna have created wonderful graphics to go with your story, or create your own like I did here using Canva. Once you write your story there are so many options on how to record it and share it. Story Sharing Options: Chatbooks OneNote Journal software FamilySearch Family Tree - your personal stories can only be seen by you until after you pass Print them out and Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 25

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 25

Day 25 - 25 Things You Don't Know About Me This is "speed drill." Number your paper from 1-25 and quickly write the first things that come to mind. We all have some quirky, funny, weird or just downright strange things about us that most people don't know about us. Maybe we think that is a good thing, or maybe, it is these undiscovered truth that will help us become more endearing and memorable to our future generations. Don't be shy and don't deliberate too long - just write in your journal today! Make your journal writing easier by using these journal prompts. Just keep writing! Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 23

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 23

Day 23 - Work, Job or Career What is your job and do you like it? How did you get started? What did you want to be when you were a kid? If you could start all over again would you choose the same career or do you wish you could do something else? How did you discover your career? Is it your passion or is just means to an end? What advice would you give to those wishing to follow you and just getting started in their careers? Would you steer them on the course you took or would you warn them to turn their ship around? Continue reading

30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable Challenge

Announcing the "30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable Challenge." Starting January 1st, we are kicking off the challenge. 2015 is the year to start living a well-documented life. What exactly is a well-documented life? Let me ask you, do you keep a journal, a memoir or have you written your life’s greatest stories? Have you labeled your photos or gathered all of your vital records for you and your children? What is the recorded legacy that you will leave for the next generation? Many genealogist’s do a great job documenting and sourcing the lives of their ancestors, but their own life - not so much. So join the challenge for 30 days in January, where every day you will receive a task to complete for the day. Learn from others and share your success. Begin the year off right and record your life’s story! Share your progress and learn from others! Continue reading

Finding and Following Your Passion in Family History

Finding and Following Your Passion in Family History

Are you spending time developing your passion? What is it about family history that gets you excited? Valentines Day is all about love so my question for you today is "What do you love about family history?" While you may say "All of it" there is still some things that float your boat than other things.Once you determine what that is, let me ask you another "How much time and attention are you giving your love? Love without time and attention will fizzle and fade.Let's say you have narrowed down your passion and you are committed to spending more time with it, now how do you make that love grow?Let's say that your passion is house histories, what can you do to make that passion ignite? Thinking outside the box and some creativity are sure to turn up the passion. Studying period architecture, picking the brain of a house inspector or contractor might give you details about house histories that you had overlooked or never explored.Looking outside the normal genealogy experts will give Continue reading

Keepsakes Divorced from their Narratives

Keepsakes Divorced from their Narratives

My last post I shared the importance of recording the stories that are linked to our keepsakes. We all want to prevent our keepsakes from being “divorced from their narrative, heirlooms without heirs, untold tales, poems in search of poets.” This post, I will share some ideas on how to document and inventory your keepsakes.Saving the keepsake’s stories though, doesn’t go far enough. As family curators it is necessary to document our archives and collections. My 3rd cousin from Hawaii was here for dinner the other night. He mentioned that a family Bible had been donated to a private museum. While anyone is free to go and look at it, you would have to know that it was there to ask for it to be brought out so that you could enjoy seeing it!Brown Family Bible circa 1903Let’s discuss this common situation - say there is only one family Bible, that only one person out of all the eligible descendants is going to inherit. The other less fortunate relatives can still share in the keepsake in a Continue reading