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Writing Your Personal Family History

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Writing a personal family history can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be if you take it a step at a time. This 12 chapter course, submitted by Lorraine Behunin, comes with questions for each category.

Sign up to receive one chapter a week in this email course: Writing Your Personal Family History Course

  • Start with either the first chapter or any of the others that may interest you. Pick a question to answer and begin to write! You can write just a sentence or two, a paragraph, or a whole page if you want. Remember, you don't have to answer every question!
  • You can write your personal family history by hand or on a computer, just make sure to back up your work if you do!
  • Put each page in a notebook, such as a 3-ring binder. You can even include a copy of the questions you answer to help organize your personal family history.
  • Optional items you can include in your binder are:
    • Charts (pedigree, graphs, tables, maps)
    • Pictures/Drawings
    • Lists of names and birthdays
    • Letters to/from family and friends
    • Copies of certificates, awards, and achievements
    • And anything else you'd like to include in your personal family history!
Writing Your Personal Family History
12 chapters that include a little more than 90 questions.

Index of Family History Chapters:
  1. Ancestry
  2. Home and Childhood
  3. Teen Years
  4. Continuing Education
  5. Love and Marriage
  6. Children
  7. Employment
  8. Church Service
  9. Community Service
  10. Grandchildren
  11. Memories of Significant Events
  12. Testimony
For a list of all the questions for each chapter please see the next two pages:Don't forget to sign up for the Writing Your Personal Family History Email Course

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