IDEA STARTER

Everyone has stories to tell. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

NEW PARENTS

annaabby-jeremy-013104-206-5Recall the birth of your first child. What were you doing? How did that impact your life? How did you feel about it? Share the story with them when they are your age, and they will share it with their children.

INDIVIDUAL SHORT BIOS

charles_ww1-300x193Short biographies are a good way to get started quickly. Gather several photos of a family member and describe their life in terms of what they did and what they meant to you.

MAJOR EVENTS

moonwalkInterview someone who lived through a major event. What was their life like just before, during and after. How did the event change them?

PHOTO ALBUMS & SCRAPBOOKS

scrapbook-300x212What do you do with the scrapbooks that were so lovingly put together by the creative minded parent? You can’t divide them up among the kids/grandkids. Scan or photograph each page and if possible, record the parent reminiscing page by page. It will be a treasure shared by all siblings and grandchildren.

FAMILY GAMES

family-games-300x203What games did your family play? Who cheated the most? Who won the most? When did you stop playing and why?

SCHOOLS

college-days-300x215Where did you go to school? Was was your experience like? Were you popular, a good, average or poor student? Did you work your way through college, or benefit from the GI bill? Did you follow the path your parents wanted you to take? What would you do if had a do over?

FAMILY UNIT STORIES

familyunit-300x251Select photos of your family members and create narrative that explains what makes the family special or different than most? What does the family mean to you?

GRANDKIDS & GRANDPARENTS

pumpkin2-300x200Select a few photos of a grandparent interacting with a grandchild. Record them together with the audio tool without making a big deal. Create a story of that relationship. They both will value it tremendously.

FIRST CAR

27917-300x194The first car is always a winner. Everyone remembers their first whether it was their first bike, car, girl/boy friend, date, prom, wife. These all make great stories. Consider creating a story of all the cars you owned and the pictures and a few stories relating to the adventures on the road and in the car.

HOBBIES

hobbyi-300x206Hobbies also reflect who a person is. Were they creative? Were they task and detail oriented? What did they choose to paint or build? Which family member ended up with those masterpieces?

DIARIES

46021Photograph the diary so all siblings and grandchildren can have access to it. Diaries are a glimpse into one’s life. What did they write about? If possible get the family member to read a few excerpts so you can archive the diary in their voice.

WARTIME

x-wedding 0ctMilitary service can be a subject that impacts a family’s life in many different ways whether it was during war time or peace time. Be sure to include a few pictures of one’s military career and explore how that time serving impacted the family.  Even civilian lives were change drastically because of the war and these stories too are worth saving.

HOLIDAYS

xmas-300x206What holidays and family traditions did you celebrate? How important were they to you? Choose a favorite holiday season and show photos across a number of years and and record a conversation sharing your memories.

ARTWORK

hamilton-school1-300x203Whether it is a hobby or a career, many talented amateur artists have come and gone without recognition. Make sure you photograph those pieces you or your parents and grandparents created before they dissipate into the descendant pool.  This way everyone can appreciate the creative side of the person.

KIDS HAVE STORIES TOO

annaabby053005-001-300x224 Show them pictures of their first day of school, vacations, parties, bike etc. and record them talking about them. Kids look to the future. Ask them what they want to be. Record their recollections in their sweet little voices. They will love sharing them with their own kids and grand kids.