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Old 03-29-2021, 08:08 AM   #21
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I'm pretty sure that no one in the subsequent generations of my own family ever will care about my memories of life.
I don't know, I have a great uncle who had no children, but he left a collection of his letters written to his folks, his sister (my grandma), and his future wife while he served in WW II in Australia and New Guinea. They are fascinating and I'm glad he saved them.

I have an ancestor who was born in Western Massachusetts and took the Erie canal with her family to migrate to Ohio. Later in life she wrote about that journey and the first year at their homestead where they almost starved to death because of a killing frost that wiped out their crops.

Personally, I don't think the format is that important. They key is to write things down (or record audio). Preserve the memories.
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Old 03-29-2021, 10:41 AM   #22
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I have been working on the same thing, in concert with my oldest sister who lives several states away. We are making great progress sharing chapters back and forth. Since she is 7 years older, her memories are different or more in-depth than mine, esp the early years. It has brought us closer, sharing those memories, some good, quite a few painful. It will be my job to put it all together, and a few pics, and distribute to the relatives that might be interested. She has significant health issues, so I want to get it a somewhat final form to give to her in the next year or so. A worthwhile project, for sure. I agree it should be a living document.
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I have been working on the same thing, in concert with my oldest sister who lives several states away. We are making great progress sharing chapters back and forth. Since she is 7 years older, her memories are different or more in-depth than mine, esp the early years. It has brought us closer, sharing those memories, some good, quite a few painful. It will be my job to put it all together, and a few pics, and distribute to the relatives that might be interested. She has significant health issues, so I want to get it a somewhat final form to give to her in the next year or so. A worthwhile project, for sure. I agree it should be a living document.
Sounds like a nice experience. I'm thinking it would be a good idea for me to ask for some input from others as well. True, we all have different memories and experiences.
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