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Copyright 2005 by Aisling D’Art. This page may be copied for personal or educational use, as long as this text remains on each page. For more information about keeping a journal, see WWW.AISLING.NET 1 Journaling Your Past A workshop to record your personal and family history, and your most important memories. By Aisling D’Art -- journaling specialist -- www.aisling.net You may make copies of this ebook or its pages, to share with others on- or offline, as long as it remains unaltered and intact. The copyright notices must remain on each page, too.
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Copyright 2005 by Aisling D’Art. This page may be copied for personal or educational use, as long as this text remains on each page. For more information about keeping a journal, see WWW.AISLING.NET 2 Journaling Your Past This workshop packet will help you create a journal of your own history. You'll get ideas for things to write about, and use some of these workshop forms to “jump start” your memories. Best of all, you'll learn a system to make it easy to continue with this important journal in spare moments during even the busiest schedule. Supplies Supplies Supplies Supplies You'll need - a pencil or pen - notebook paper - a binder to keep your papers in - (Optional) some photos or notes to help jog your memories. How to Organize Your Journal How to Organize Your Journal How to Organize Your Journal How to Organize Your Journal The organization is simple, and the key to the success of this project: 1. Date every piece of paper, and put each memory on a different sheet of paper. 1. Date every piece of paper, and put each memory on a different sheet of paper. Then, file the papers in date order when you have a spare moment. The page about losing your first tooth goes before the page about your first date. The pages you write about your first job probably go after the ones about your first bicycle, and so on. Calendar dates are not very important. Time is relative. Work with what you know. That’s usually enough.
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Copyright 2005 by Aisling D’Art. This page may be copied for personal or educational use, as long as this text remains on each page. For more information about keeping a journal, see WWW.AISLING.NET 3 If you don't know when something happened, If you don't know when something happened, If you don't know when something happened, write down things that tell you roughly when it occurred: What house were you living in? Was Grandma still alive then? Was it before weird Auntie Hazel Ann finally got married? These relative notes help you place the event/memory in time, and maybe later you'll figure out when it happened, in calendar terms. Genealogists know that where where where where something happened is always more important than when when when it happened. If you're going to research an event using birth certificates, the US Census, and so on, you need to know where to look. You can usually guess at the time, within a ten-year period.
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