Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Keeping a Journal: A Genealogist's Guide

From the time I was nine years old, I've written in a journal. While I no longer have some of those earlier samples of my writing, I have a shoebox and the better part of a shelf in my closet dedicated to the rest of my journals. While I'm not a regular journal keeper, I don't really hold that against myself. It's not about how frequently I write, but the quality and value of what I have to say.

That being said, there are some simple steps every genealogist can take to transform their journals into historical records and sources of information. From remembering to describe people and places, to the selection of your writing prompts and topics, anyone can create a priceless treasure trove of history through journal keeping.

Do you keep a journal? What are some of the people, places, and events that have shaped your life? Let us know in comments. If journal keeping is something you've always wanted to start, check out our the latest video for helpful hints and ideas.

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  1. It's kismet that I ran across your blog today. I wrote a blog post on a similar subject: http://www.margotnote.com/blog/2017/3/1/19-ways-to-make-history. I help people preserve their archives, but we often forget to create our own history through diaries, journals, account books, documents, and other artifacts. Let's create records about ourselves that we wish our ancestors had left behind. I detail 19 easy ways that people can promote memory keeping in their lives and the lives of others.

  2. Heather,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2017/03/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-march-3-2017.html

    Have a wonderful weekend!