Saturday, November 4, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Are You Writing Your Personal History?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Are you writing about your own personal history?  What are you including?  How are you doing with it?  Who will you distribute it to?  

2)  Write your own blog post, or leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Here's mine:

*  I wrote an autobiography about 10 years ago and updated it in 2022 after my heart bypass operation.  I included chapters about my close family, my childhood, my education and youth, early adulthood, my "real" work life, DXing, genealogy, computers, married life and the future.  It's only 22 pages single spaced.  I passed it to my daughters after I updated it.  I probably need to update it some more.

*  I have yearly Christmas letters since 1983 about our family life, vacations, health, and activities.  The earliest I have in digital form is 1994 so I need to digitize the earlier years.  A project is to put them all into an ebook of some sort and distribute it to my daughters and grandchildren.

*  My daughters gave me a StoryWorth subscription for Christmas last year and I have written 31 stories so far, but none in the last 3-4 months it seems.  I need to write a few more and get them in some semblance of order, so that they can be published in book form at the end of the year.  There is a page count limit and I think I'm near it.  

*  The Genea-Musings blog has over 16,700 posts in it, written since 2006.  Many of them are about family photographs, collected ephemera, ancestor biographies, etc.  Another future project is to collect the family photos into an ebook of some sort and provide it to my daughters and grandchildren.  

*  Then there is the genealogy and family history collection.  I wrote a number of ebooks about my ancestral families and descendants of selected ancestors back in 2012 using Family Tree Maker and posted them on Scribd.  I included only name, date, place and relationship data with source citation, but without  Notes or Media.  They are outdated now, so another project is to update them and put them on Scribd.  The genealogy work will never be finished, I think.

I look forward to seeing what my SNGF friends come up with - perhaps there will be more ideas to work on. 


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Linda Stufflebean said...

Carolyn Lancaster said...

Have started my story. Outlined most. First chapter is titled "All the Ways I Made my Mother Crazy Before Turning Five".

Janice M. Sellers said...

A little late on posting about this challenge.