Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Compiling a Personal History, Part 1

On a recent trip to visit my parents, I happened upon a personal history written by my grandmother. She had compiled it as a scrapbook, complete with photos, what she knew of her parents and grandparents, and memories of her life. She is still living, so it is not complete, but reading through it opened my eyes to how little we really know people -- even those closest to us. I grew up living 30 minutes away from my grandparents and visited at least twice a month. Since my parents have moved from my childhood home, I really feel like visiting my grandma is "going home" for me. I spent countless weekends playing and working on my grandparents' farm, but as I read through what my grandmother had written about herself, I learned so much that I never knew.

As I contemplated the concept of a personal history and harassed my parents about writing their own, I decided that it would be much easier to begin with a template. So I decided to design one. Part 1 of the Personal History Printable Template includes a page for recording the subject's name, birth information, parents' information, and a few lined pages for writing out memories of the subject's parents. I plan to design and provide more templates in the future, including sections on various life stages, major events, work, etc.

Click the button below to download the PDF for Pack 1.

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  1. Oh I love this! I'm stopping by from What are you doing blog hop. I pinned this, and will be following you now :)

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  3. What a great idea - pinned this! I think this would be a great fit for Family Fun Friday if you have time and want to link up. :-)

  4. Great idea! It's hard to know where to start. And they're pretty, which always helps.;)

  5. This is awesome! And I love that you provide a print out. I think it's really important that we all start working on our personal histories. I'm pinning this and featuring it tonight at my link party!

    1. Thanks Alexis! That's awesome. I'll look for your "featured" button so I can add it to the post.


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