How to Write a Personal History

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By Amanda Forson, World Vital Records, Inc.

Day One: Write down a list of various questions you would like to ask someone else. Start out with ten.

Day Two: Answer these questions yourself, adding as much detail as you want.

Day Three: Add your basic vital statistics, such as birth day, marriage, children, parents, locations lived in, and other things that are important to you, such as ecclesiastical information, occupations, fraternal organizations, political affiliations, clubs, hobbies, etc.

Day Four:
Look at a timeline such is found in the e-Sourcebook of American History. (It is a free download that came when you signed up for the newsletter. Look for the newsletter confirmation letter in case you didn’t download it at the time you first confirmed.)

Day Five: Use the timeline to help in the recollection of memorable historical events and your, your family’s and others’ reactions to them. Do the history books reflect your feelings on the events that have so far transpired in your life? Why or why not?

Day Six: Make sure that the questions and answers are typed.

Day Seven: Email to a close relative, or to whoever may be interested to make sure that the history has multiple copies available.

This is not meant to be an all-inclusive article concerning personal histories but something to get readers started.

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