Genealogy from the perspective of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon, LDS)

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Guide to Starting Your Family History in 10 Very Basic Steps -- Step One

This is an ongoing series that outlines ten very basic steps to starting your family history.

This is Step One -- Start with yourself.

It may seem overly simplistic, but you start your family history with yourself. Your history is beginning of your family's history. Your personal family history may include photos, diaries, journals, memorabilia, certificates and other items that will have value to tell about your life to your family in future. You should begin now to digitize and share those items that can be shared. This should especially include anything that you alone can relate or identify. You can learn about writing a personal history from a number of websites. Here is a short list to start you off.

The Library of Congress website is especially helpful in providing up-to-date information on preservation and conservation. Their instructions cover the following types of collections:

I have been keeping a journal for over forty years and just because of the consistency and longevity, the journal has become a valuable historical record. Because I kept a detailed journal, I have been asked to supply the dates for some events that were not recorded by other methods at the time they occurred. The time to start recording your own life is right now. If you don't care to write by hand, then use your computer. If you don't like either method, then start recording your history or use voice recognition software to write your history.

I recently helped a friend record a few recollections from his life. He died shortly after I did the recording and his family were so grateful I had prevailed on him to record what I did. You may not think your life interesting or important but I can assure you that your grandchildren will appreciate your efforts to document your life. Your children may come around sometime but don't expect this until you are almost ready to die. If you have no children, then there is an even more important reason to record your life.

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