Celebrate Family History Month with a few questions

The way to eat an elephant, the old saw goes, is one bite at a time.

When it comes to preserving your family’s history, one bite at a time might be the only way to get the meaningful project accomplished? What’s one bite at a time? How about one question at a time?

Rather than attempting to interview Mom or Dad about every important event in their lives at once, tackle one at a time. Maybe once a week when you’re catching up anyway.

It’s Family History Month — no better time to start a new project.

Recently, I recreated an album for a client in which I scanned the handwritten answers to one of those “tell me about your life” fill-in-the-blank books. I added appropriate heritage photos of parents and weddings and such and reorganized the pieces on beautiful backgrounds in a new photo book. It wasn’t a narrative story but served to show and tell Grandpa’s story well.

One bite at a time.

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2 comments on “Celebrate Family History Month with a few questions

  1. Great idea! Some people have handwriting that approaches artwork — or at least is memorable enough to warrant preserving.

  2. Monica Lee says:

    Ah, yes, I keep many of my mother’s and grandmother’s letter — not for the life-changing advice, but because they handwrote them.

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