What Story and Why
How to Tell
Life Story Resources
Research is Fun
The research will naturally extend beyond your home and belongings. Chat it up with family and friends. Send emails or letters asking for their family memories.
history research is a big deal these days. You can do so much on
The Oldest & Largest Free
Ancestry.com — Find Your Ancestors Now This site is incredible. You can do a real world of searching – try it out with a 14 day free trial. The same people also operate the extensive online site, Society Hall - FamilyHistory.com. It's a comprehensive directory of genealogical and historical societies on the web.
Another good site for genealogical resources is the Family Research - English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy News and Articles. Go here.
Learn is not a genealogy site, but
you can build a family library and use your genealogy information to
a rich online family history site. The best aspects are how you can
involve as many family members as want to participate and it is truly a
learning experience as you use it.
are several software options, or even online resources, to create your
own personal history timeline. This is important so that you can record
your life timeline and compare it with historical occurrences. It
provides a good frame of reference.
Check out Genelines from Progeny Genealogy or OurTimeLines.com.
The site Time Tales is a treasure trove of great old photographs submitted by people from around the globe. The pictures have been discovered in attics, old trunks, at flea markets and elsewhere and are put on the site as visual reminders of different time periods. Maybe it will stir a memory or two, and it certainly illustrates the power of a picture. (Be sure to check out our section on video biographies.)
Some of the really fun research sites are those that bring back memories of your favorite music, movies, tv shows and pop culture. Nostalgia is in, especially with so many Baby Boomers.
Classic old time radio shows Old Time Radio
Number one songs in United States, year by year and week by week, as based on Billboard music charts on Wikipedia.
If you listened to popular music in the 60s and 70s and need to identify that song that's going round your head, AllButForgottenOldies.net lists over 4000 songs from 1960-1975
The Internet Movie Database — Want information about your favorite flicks, actors and directors? If you are a film buff this is a great resource.
It will certainly bring back memories
The Greatest Years in Movie History — You have formative and favorite years of your life. So, too, the "Silver Screen".
There are a number of places on the web to learn more about pop culture and pop culture history and trends. Check out this obsessive journal of quality pop culture: Pop Culture Magazine. This site is a blast!
I even found a site about Supermarket history and architecture Groceteria. It might not seem that important, but if you reminisce about the various grocery stores and supermarkets you've shopped at over the years, from childhood to adult, it's bound to stir up some interesting memories.
Are you a "boomer"? If you were born between 1946 and 1964 you are considered a baby boomer. There is a wealth of great sites targeting boomers on the World Wide Web, among them www.irememberjfk.com that cites itself as "a Baby Boomer's pleasant reminiscing spot". Then there is www.aginghipsters.com (love the name) put together by a couple of boomers who like to blog about the 50+ generation. And, of course, AARP has their own site, magazine and organization that regularly features news, stories and value for boomers.
Toyadz is where you'll find a gallery of classic toy and model ads. How many of these do you remember? From Matchbox to Hot Wheels; Barbie to G.I. Joe, classic ad campaigns from yesteryear.
There are times when you want to compare world history with what was happening to you or your family and friends. Check out the History Channel.
Dictionary will keep you occupied with fascinating short
accounts of thousands of men and women who've shaped our world.
Newsletters, E-zines & Magazines
Take advantage of the many great magazines, e-zines and newsletters that can help with your family history knowledge and research. Of course, we highly recommend our own free e-zine, "Your Life is Your Story". You get lots of tips, resources and benefits - go here for more info.
Family History Products has a good newsletter. You might also want to investigate magazines like Family Tree Magazine. Take a trip down memory lane with each wonderful issue of Reminisce magazine (see more about them online here). The Life Story Writing Network has a good newsletter and discussion forum.
I've previously mentioned the value of the e-book Memorygrabber as a family history tool. The book's primary value is the number of ideas, lists and resources it gives you to literally "grab" those memories buried in the recesses of your mind and put on paper. But, as a bonus, there are several great links to fun cultural websites (in addition to those listed above). More info on Memorygrabber here.
You are going to discover the joy of family history and life story research. Start surfin' the Net and digging through those home treasures…and have fun!
don't have to do all your research now to get started on telling
your life story. Here's your next
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