A fashion, beauty or life tip
Well I am no fashionista, and I am not one to wear makeup, so the only thing I have to offer you is a life tip.
I know I am always on about this. And it can be the most simplest of things. with mothers day coming up in a few days why not visit your mum and ask her and any other old family member’s / siblings etc about your families history.
Now most people know the basics like Birth, Marriage Deaths etc. But what about those little things like
- How did your parents meet
- What was high school like for them.
- When your mum found out she was pregnant what where her thoughts
- Was she hoping for a boy or a girl.
- Did she lose any babies / infants.
- Did she work and if so where.
- What are the houses they lived in like. (another fun thing is to look the homes up on google / trove / real estate pages).
- Look through old photos together and ask questions about the photo
- Take notes on your phone and a photo of the photo, there are some great memory keeping apps out there that would be helpful.
- If they know dates, people in the photo, write that all down.
- I am working on 52 Stories this year from Family search which is a great start, but a quick google search of questions to ask older family members will bring you up a wealth of ideas.
When my grandmother passed away in 2005 I was given a lot of albums of her photos, over the years I have sorted through them and put all of the information that I can work out on project life cards next to the photo.
For people I don’t know much information about I have set a file up called the Unidentified Project and I just add photos to it when I sort through them, any information that I find online through Ancestry I put with the photos. My grandmothers side of the family still remains my biggest mystery. Considering I spent many years with her, and even in my teenage years lived with her, I am still unaware of who she was and who her family where. I don’t even know her fathers name.
So I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to ask questions.
So give your Mother, Yourself, Your Family and future generations the gift of history this year..
Edited 12th May (NOT A SPONSORED Post)
I have just come across this wonderful book called StoryWorth. Which sends you a weekly prompt and at the end of it you can order a book of stories written by your parent / grandparent or even yourself.