Five Minute Family History

Save the stories! Become a story-catcher during your coffee break!

Welcome!  I'm glad you found me. I hope we can have fun here and do something really important, too. Doing family history isn’t only about visiting graveyards and documenting all the begats of dead ancestors, it’s also capturing living memory and creating a story your descendants will be eager to read.   So set aside a few short minutes–with morning coffee, at lunchtime or before bed–and write, type or speak fast!

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Working the List!


Last time we talked about lists.  Lists are our friends.  There are many ways to use them, but one of my favorites is to write each ITEM on your list (It was PLACES of family significance for our first list) on the top of its own index card.  Bundle the cards together with a rubber band and keep them in your pocket or bag and when you have a few moments (waiting in line at the grocery store, for instance) shuffle through the cards and chose one or more and make notes about what you remember. This provides material to work with when you sit down to write about it later and it will go more quickly.

Hint-you may want to break down the list into even more specific elements, rooms instead of houses, architectural details in the room such as mantelpieces, the view from a specific window, etc.