Thursday, June 24, 2010
Writing a Life Story
Diamond Valley Library's monthly Family History fest program continued this month with tips to write a life story. With the original advertised speaker ill,Local and family history Librarian Liz Pidgeon stepped in and offered some pointers. Some points in her presentation included:
Decide on the final form of your project
Independent website or submit to a website like Mapping Our Anzacs or Wikinorthia
Talk – Powerpoint
Living Tribute Eulogy
Pick an individual you know and has an interesting story to tell.
Ideas to include in a life story
Meaning and history of the surname
Meaning and history of the Christian name
Was the person named for another family member? Who?
Background – parents
Immigration story – country of origin - Ship
Order of birth
Place – Geographic area
More recent commemorations
Family Heirlooms you/family member may still have from this person eg. Family bible, medals, furniture, letters
Add Historic context
There are many more ideas to include and this will be inspired by your research.
The next session for Family History Fest at Diamond Valley Library is
How to use Genealogy blogs - Wednesday July 28