Take time to record and preserve your own personal history as well as taking care of your family’s genealogy. Use these prompts, as you see fit, to chip away at recording your memories as well as life’s lessons learned for the benefit of future descendants. Use your computer or record your memories on paper. Amy Coffin of the We Tree Blog has authored this fine series of 52 prompts (one for each week of the year) to help you achieve your family history goals.
Here’s this week’s challenge/prompt: Clothes
Shorts, jean shorts, denim, dockers, T-shirts and the Body Glove brand is what Joseph Kilgore of Mesa remembers when he thinks back about what clothes he wore as a child. “When I look at an old picture of me watching TV as a child, I was wearing a Peanuts T-shirt. I’ve never been one to keep up on fashion. I wear my brother’s hand-me-downs. I wear things that are plain and simple. What I wear is what I wear. It doesn’t matter. I’ve not been one to be in the trends.”
Joseph remembered his clothing as a child by looking at a picture. Have you ever wondered how much we depend on pictures of our past to remind us of trends, of fashion, of possessions and other things we might otherwise forget? That’s why it’s important to include pictures in our personal history.
Regarding Pictures, here’s an extremely important note:
Always make sure your pictures are your own, copyright-free or that you have permission from the photographer to use the photo if you’re publishing your personal history. There are also some sites on the Internet where you can pay for stock photos.
Check out these fun places on the Internet to find pictures to jazz up your writings if you don’t have your own originals at home.
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ (Library of Congress)
Now is a great time to organize your pictures. The Flip-pal mobile scanner is an amazing light weight, portable tool that can make scanning easy. Sit on your sofa and scan while you watch TV. Take it to the homes of relatives and scan family photos while they’re still in the albums. You can even scan photos while they are still in their frames. Simply your scanning tasks with this remarkable tool. Click here to see my five-star review of Flip-pal.
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Note: Examiner Carolyn Murphy resides in Mesa, AZ.
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