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How do I keep a family memory journal?

Family Memories Journal

A Family Memories Journal is a wonderful journal to keep. All too often, people lose touch or stories fade with the passage of a family member. A Family Memories Journal allows you to create your family tree and then write in all the information about members. You can also keep family traditions – is there a great recipe that grandma used to make but never shared the secret too? Try to get it from her and include it in here. Is there a tale about old Uncle Joe that has grown taller with the passage of time? Write it down for future generations so that it is not lost. Old photos, although often worn with time and age, can be placed inside your journal for safekeeping. Along side the old photos, place new ones of you and of your own family. This can become a journal that can be added to as you grow older and then passed along to your children and grandchildren.

   
How do I keep an online family journal?

Online Family Journal

Create a Family Journal website. Use the opening page to present your family tree - go as far back as you can with it. Then on the following pages, write down old family stories, recipes, and traditions. Try to gather as many old photos, ticket stubs and mementos as you can, scan them in and put them on your site. Then email the website address to family members near and far. Everyone in the family is going to have memories, stories and photos of their own to share. Ask them to get in touch with you so that you can add their contributions to the site. Often times, family will be separated by distance and that means that some of the family history might be lost. The Internet provides a convenient way for people to stay in touch and it allows for the sharing of information, so that history does not slip through the cracks.

   
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