52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge 3
Assess yourself! You’re great at researching everyone else’s history, but how much of your own have you recorded? Do an assessment of your personal records and timeline events to ensure your own life is as well-documented as that of your ancestors. If you have a genealogy blog, write about the status of your own research and steps you may take to fill gaps and document your own life.
This challenge runs from Saturday, 16 January 2010 through Friday, 22 January 2010.
I have taken very little time to write about myself in my family book. I have done very little journeying also. This is one area it would be helpful to work on. How I wish I had more from my ancestors in their handwriting. I have a few letters or cards from grandparents but nothing from my great grandparents. I was reading http://taylorstales-genealogy.blogspot.com/2010/01/52-weeks-of-genealogyweek-3.html posting. She has put into her family research all the places she has lived .. 18 of them .. will make it easier for her descendants in the future.
That could be an interesting task to do.
I could write about where I was when I heard John F Kennedy had died ( 9th grade gym class).
Where I was and my feelings about the 911. How I did not sleep for days.
How about how I met my first husband or my second husband. I am not sure my children even know when or where I met their father. ( I was 15 and went to a movie with my girlfriend, told our parents we were going to the library. He was 4 rows behind us , sitting with his buddies.
My " What If " ? What if I had gone to a junior prom with with Peter B instead of cancelling out because..... he did not sound excited when I called to say yes. How silly a girl I was.
" What If ? when Mike J asked to date me. What could of become of that? I did not date him because of silly reasons. I was a preachers daughter and was a good girl, but he wanted me to not wear makeup, not cut my hair, skirts longer. If only I had talked to my mom or grandmother about him. They may have encouraged me to go out with him.
He went to Vietnam and died. Who knows if that could of changed the course of his history but we will never know. I think of him now and wish I had at least given it a try. At least I would of gotten to know him better.
We all have so many " What If " in our lives. But then again we go the course of life we choose. That brings us the husbands we had and have. The children and grandchildren in our lives. The places we have lived and will live. The people we have met that have brought meaning into our lives.
So many things to journel so that some day our great great grandchildren will know more about us then we know of our great great grandparents.
For now I am printing out some of these posts. At least it is a start.
Are you reasearching and doing a time line of your life. I would love to hear your comments.
Thanks for stopping by... Grace
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