This file has ideas for collecting and writing your family and personal history. See also Heritage Albums, Genealogy, Journaling and Scrapbooking.

Suggestions to Consider in Writing Your Personal History

(Rebecca B.)

Collecting Your Family's History

Scrapbooking is not just a craft. It's about preserving our family history and trying to collect as much past history as we can to preserve it. In the end these written memories are at least as valuable as the photos and maybe even more valuable.

This list of questions is a valuable resource for collecting your family's history. At your next family gathering take this list and interview your family members. You can go through the entire list in one sitting or break it up into several sessions. You may want to audio or video tape the session for an additional record of the conversation that will include the emotions of the story teller.

These questions was mostly compiled by Joanne Todd Rabun. I (Denny Davis) edited it and added things from other sources. Before printing it you may want to change it to better fit the person you plan to interview. Some of the questions apply to people born in the early 1900's.

back to top of page