March is Women’s History Month
What is your story? Do your loved ones know about your childhood or why you decided to pursue your chosen profession? I love genealogy and am always encouraging others to journal their experiences and family stories.
Let’s start with your early life. Do your family and friends know your history. Where were you born? Did your family move around? Who raised you? What did you enjoy doing as a child? Is there a deep secret that you have been keeping?
Here are 10 prompts to help you tell your story for future generations.
- What city, state and country were you born in?
- Were you born in a hospital or at home?
- Do you have brothers and sisters? If so, where do you fall in the lineup?
- Ask your mom, dad or an elderly relative if they have a favorite memory of you.
- What is your earliest memory?
- Did you have any pets? Write about one of them that was extra special to you.
- What is one memory that brings a smile to your face every time you think about it?
- What was the name and location of the elementary school(s) that you attended?
- What was the name of your first grade teacher? What is your favorite memory of her?
- What sports or activities did you participate in? Which one was your favorite and why?
Once you are done with this time period, begin working on the next one. Break it up into decades or schooling or other milestones that give you a timeline you can work with. There are many ways to break down the time periods so that it does not overwhelm you.
I prefer that you use a paper journal to document your story since your loved ones may not have have access to the electronic versions. You can also publish these works. Pairing them with any photos you may have is even better.
The hardest part is deciding where to start. Start with the prompts above and let them guide you as you travel back in time.
Your story is worth sharing!