Find some pictures of your immediate family. Try to think of some memorable experience you shared with each of them.

Write a list of words describing each of them.

Describe your relationship with your parents and siblings individually.

Did you have a special “role” to play in your family? The Baby? the Peacekeeper? Mother’s Helper? The Clever One? The Artistic one? Other? How did that role affect your life?

Don’t forget to find photos to go with these journaling ideas, if at all possible. If you don’t have one, you might find one on a stock photo sight that fits the emotion you feel at the time.

  1. Family traditions
  2. Family jokes
  3. Typical family activities
  4. Talents that run in the family
  5. Name some typical wisdoms i.e. things your mother always told you and what situations they applied to, such as “Money doesn’t grow on trees!”, or “Don’t run with scissors”
  6. Describe your childhood home, neighborhood
  7. Relationship with siblings
  8. Finally, how old were you when you left your family and why did you leave?


AUTOBIOGRAPHY- Putting it on paper for your heirs

Presumably, if you are scrapbooking, you are intending to leave them to someone. So, why not include some personal information in them that they might not otherwise know and that is not obvious in the photos?

You have a story to tell. We all do. We all have experiences, some happy, some sad. We can pass on the insights we have gained from them.

A good place to start is with your name. Why were you given your name? Is it a family name? Can you ask your parents? You could look it up in one of those baby name books or a similar web site, to find out its meaning. It can be interesting to know what culture or country your name originates from.

  1. How did you feel about your name as a child.
  2. Was there any change in your feelings about it during your teen years? Did you change it’s form to a nickname?
  3. If you changed your last name, when did you do that, shy, and at what age?How did this effect you?

Quotes 2

Genealogy. An account of one’s descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own. ATTRIBUTION:Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914),

BLOOD.Roget’s II:The New Thesaurus, Third Edition. 1995.
…or one’s ancestral derivation: ancestry, birth, bloodline, descent, extraction, family, genealogy, line, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, seed, stock. See KIN,..


QUOTATION: Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where.

ATTRIBUTION: Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), U.S. president. speech at Edwardsville, Illinois, Sep. 11, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 95, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).