Today is Scrapbook Sunday, so today’s tip is for people (like me!) who don’t have time to scrapbook, or for people who worry that if they add too many embellishments to their photos, future generations will look over all the doodads and think, “Dang; my great-great-grandma sure had a LOT of time on her hands!”
The solution: PROJECT LIFE. Here’s how it works:
(APOLOGIES–this video is long and annoying, but worth it to see the product)
Whether you are writing your ancestors’ life stories (“family history”), your own life stories (“memoir”), or your life story with ancestral stories woven throughout (“ancestoir.” I invented the word, FYI), you can surely find the time to jot down a few notes today, which we will then shape into an actual story on Wednesday.
To help you all get started with your personal and/or ancestral memoirs today, I will start with a topic:
So hurry and grab your notebooks (the real paper kind) or laptops and jot this down:
- What did you eat for breakfast as a child?
- What did your parents typically eat for breakfast when they were young? (this might necessitate a call to your parents, or some aunts and uncles who remember)
- What did your ancestors typically eat for breakfast? (might require a phone call or a trip to the library to peruse food histories such as 1000 Years Over a Hot Stove)
Now, as you are jotting down those foods, try to think in adjectives. Be creative! Were your Cheerios crunchy? Did grandma’s biscuits ooze with salty sausage gravy? Try to toss in as many creative writing words that will help make the story of your (or your ancestors’) breakfasts sound as delicious to the reader as they are to your memory!
I’ve heard it too many times over the years:
“Jenny, you really should help me get my ancestral history written!”
<Groan!> I wish I could! But I’ve got five kids to raise, an entire house to clean, a dissertation-writing husband to support, and a church assignment that takes up every last scrap of free time I might find.
Still, while I can’t help all of my friends, family, and neighbors one-on-one, I CAN post some guidelines, tips, instructions, and writing prompts to hopefully get you all started. Please follow for this blog, folks, and I will do my best here to help you take all the genealogical data you’ve compiled over the years and turn it into a story!