Stories From My Grandparent

fnw10There are more than a few books on the market to help people capture living stories. Usually, these books focus on common questions, such as who was your best friend in grade school or how did you meet your spouse? These books come in all different shapes and size. Some focus on telling our own stories and others on gathering the stories of our living relatives. Some focus more on the genealogies we posses and others on a collection of life stories. Each has a purpose meant to inspire and assist in capturing those stories. Now there is a new book on the market inspired by grandparents, Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild.

One thing I really enjoyed is how the author didn’t just ask the usual questions. Instead, Susan Adcox tried to make the question more interesting. Instead of what is your favorite or least favorite food, Adcox coaches the Grandparent to fill in the space provide with a prompt like,”Children were commonly expected to clean their plates, which could be a problem for me when these foods were on my plate.” Here are a few more examples:

  • “In our classroom, we had real chalkboards. We had spelling bees and go-to-the-board drills, but no computers. Here’ what I remember about my first classroom and how we learned.”
  • “One year I received a birthday present that I’ll never forget:
  • “I learned a lot about myself the first time I lived on my own, away form my family”

Perhaps one of greatest advantages this book has over others is its thoughtful binding. The book was bound hardback but with a metal comb binding on the inside. This means the book will sit nicely on a shelf yet is very easy to open and write in. When I chatted with Leland Meitzler about this book he expressed his immediate approval. In fact, he indicated that he was going to buy and fill out three copies, one for each grandchild. An excellent gift idea for handing down a true family history heirloom.

This book really tries to make the storytelling process as easy and fun as possible.

Copies of Stories from my Grandparent: An Heirloom Journal for Your Grandchild. are all available for all grandparents from Family Roots Publishing.

Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family

gpc8452Looking for an easy and fun way to preserve the memories in the closest branches of your family’s history? Or, looking for a great way to get others in your family involved in the work? Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family is a great solution. The book also makes a great gift, and here is why.

Our Family Heritage is a hardback, fill-in the blank, beautiful family history memory book. This 8.5″ x 11″ hardback book, if properly cared for, will last generations. Filled with pages beautifully printed to add a sense of style to each form. This book is a journal, a memory book, and a family history reference all in one.

Page by page, the owner will enjoy creating this long-lasting memory by hand, recording basic genealogical information along with the memories of family treasures and special family events. Forms and charts are designed for ease of use and for easy reading. There are places for both genealogical data as well as family personal and family stories. Records of family heirlooms and collections will help future generations identify important family treasures. The contents listed below show all the exciting topics and sheets this book offers for creating a new family heirloom.

The book also comes with an inserted sheet offering “helpful suggestion for filling in your book.” This included tips on preparing and adding photographs and making the most of your entries.

 

As a gift now for others, or as a gift you leave behind, Our Family Heritage: A History Of Our Family  is available from Family Roots Publishing.

Table of Contents

  • From Generation to Generation
  • How to Use This book
  • Our Courtship
  • Our Marriage
  • Husband’s Family
  • Wife’s Family
  • Our Children
  • Our Grandchildren
  • Our Foreign-Born Ancestors
  • The Lands of Our Ancestors
  • Our Family Tree
  • Husband’s Ancestral Chart
  • Wife’s Ancestral Chart
  • The Family of the Husband
  • The Family of the Husband’s Father
  • The Family of the Husband’s Mother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Paternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Paternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Husband’s Maternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Husband’s Maternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Husband’s Great Grandparents
  • The Family of the Wife
  • The Family of the Wife’s Mother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Paternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Paternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Wife’s Maternal Grandfather
  • The Family of the Wife’s Maternal Grandmother
  • The Family of the Wife’s Great Grandparents
  • Family Weddings
  • Other Religious Ceremonies in Our Family
  • Our Family’s Religious Affiliations
  • Where We Have Worshipped
  • Special Memories
  • Our Family’s Homes
  • The Schools We Have Attended
  • The Organizations We Have Joined
  • Professions, Occupations, Crafts and Trades
  • Our Family’s Military Service Record
  • Our Best Friends
  • the Pets in Our Lives
  • Automobiles—Our Mechanical Companions
  • Special Things
  • Our Prized Family POssessions
  • Sports We Enjoy
  • Our Hobbies
  • Memorable Vacations
  • Family Gatherings
  • Cherished Traditions
  • The Most Outstanding Events in Our Family’s History
  • Our Family’s Medical History
  • Our Vital Statistics
  • Photographs
  • Genealogical Research
  • Addresses
  • Autographs

Our Family Tree — Create a New Family Heirloom

Our Family Tree: A History of our Family is a hardback, fill-in the blank, beautiful family history memory book. This 8.5″ x 11″ hardback book, if properly cared for, will last generations. Filled with pages ornately crafted to add a sense of style to each form, this book is a journal, a memory book, and a family history reference all in one.

Page by page, the owner will enjoy creating this long-lasting memory by hand, recording basic genealogical information along with the memories of family treasures and special family events. Forms and charts are designed for ease of use and for easy reading. There are places for both genealogical data as well as family personal and family stories. Records of family heirlooms and collections will help future generations identify important family treasures. The contents listed below show all the exciting topics and sheets this book offers for creating a new family heirloom.

If the idea of passing down your records and stories appeals to you, or you think such a book would make a great gift, then you can order a copy of Our Family Tree: A History of our Family from Family Roots Publishing, Item #: PB01, Price: $9.79.

Contents

  • Our Family
  • Husband’s Genealogy
  • Wife’s Genealogy
  • Our Children
  • Our Grandchildren and Descendants
  • Our Family Tree
  • Husband’s Ancestral Chart
  • Husband’s Family
  • Husband’s Parents’ Family
  • Husband’s Grandparents—Father’s Side
  • Husband’s Grandparents—Mother’s Side
  • Husband’s Great Grandparents
  • Husband’s Ancestral Chart
  • Wife’s Family
  • Wife’s Parents’ Family
  • Wife’s Grandparents—Father’s Side
  • Wife’s Grandparents—Mother’s Side
  • Wife’s Great Grandparents
  • Citizenship Record
  • Weddings
  • Religious Activities
  • Our Places of Worship
  • In Memoriam
  • Our Homes
  • Where Our Ancestors Have Lived
  • Schools and Graduations
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Companies We Have Worked For or Owned
  • Military Service Records
  • Special Friends
  • Family Pets
  • Family Automobiles
  • Favorite Things
  • Collections and Heirlooms
  • Favorite Family Sports
  • Favorite Family Hobbies
  • Family Vacations
  • Family Reunions
  • Family Traditions
  • Events to Remember
  • Oral Family History
  • Extraordinary Events We Have Survived and Overcome
  • Illnesses
  • Vital Statistics
  • Photographs
  • Genealogy Research

 

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A Face for Radio

Here’s another posting by my friend, Tom Fiske.

A Face for Radio

Thomas Fiske There’s a guy in the movie, Chicago, who gets to sing a song and even gets face time on the cameras because he is ordinary. The forgotten husband of the star, Roxy, he really seems to have a great face for radio. I have the face for radio, but not the voice.

One thing I seem to have, though, is a face for diaries. Today I was handed a copy of an edited diary of a man who was a 49er. That is, he left his home in Nowhere, Illinois to go to California and hunt for gold in 1849. Right now I am looking at it to see if there is any potential in it.

This is not the first time I have been handed a diary. I have seen several and in only one did I find a potentially usable story. “What made it usable?” you ask. Names of the people on the pages and the style made it useful. There was an inferred irony as the writer made his way from Austin, Texas to New Orleans, LA during the Civil War and met several people who later became famous in history. That was one thing. Then there was the original literary style due to the writer’s singular method of spelling phonetically, and of misusing our “standard” American syntax. He was a genuinely creative writer, and the unintended humor of his words could never be duplicated elsewhere.

But the current diary, by a gold hunter of 1849, has been edited. It has been cleaned up until it has no personality at all. I am afraid it adds nothing new to the history of the areas searched and introduces no historical figures. Therefore I am going to return it to the writer’s great-great-great granddaughter and thank her for letting me have a look at it.

Just as the diary’s writer found no gold in Northern California some 160 years ago, I found no “gold” today among the pages of his handiwork.

Too bad… Maybe I ought to consult a plastic surgeon about my face.

Thomas S. Fiske
Fullerton, CA
November 9, 2009

The Diary of Jacob W. Stiverson of South Bloomfield, Ohio

Diaries can be a delightful window into the lives of our ancestors. The Historical and Genealogical Library in Circleville has a copy of the diary of Jacob W. Stiverson, beginning January 1, 1888. Following is an excerpt from the article by Darlene Weaver, in the April 18, 2009 edition of the Circleville Herald.

Jacob W. Stiverson, only child of Jacob and Hannah Howe Stiverson, was born in Jackson Township in 1816. He died at age 84 at his home in South Bloomfield in 1901. Stiverson was married to Margaret West and to them were born seven children. One of these was George W. Stiverson.

George was one of those dedicated enough to keep good farm records and to make daily entries in his day book or diary. The diary in the possession of the Historical and Genealogical Library begins on January 1, 1888.

The first entry is an annual catalogue of the farm for 1888. It lists all of the animals on the farm including mares Ella and Topsy and a bay horse named Bob. Two old wagons, a buggy and harness, plows and harrow, a fanning mill, four stands of bees and their boxes 2,000 feet of lumber and a list of grain are also a part of the annual inventory. Next, a list of all the stock’s breeding times are listed and then begins the daily account of his activities on the farm. Jan. 1 found it raining. The feed was put out while still raining and the horses put out for water by 10:00. Stiverson finished reading “The Light of Another Day,” given him the previous day by Mary Wilkins.

Read the full article.