Tony Burroughs outlined some building blocks in researching African American families. These I have found to be very helpful and as we know it all begins with the oral history and family records that we already have. The one place we don't start is with ourselves and with our own parents. Yes, of course we have and start with all of the vital information, like birthday, wedding anniversary, and place of birth; but what about those details that we are now wanting to learn about those that we can no longer ask. Things like when they learned to read, the name of their first grade teacher, when did they know what it was that they wanted to do for the rest of their lives,; real questions about their lives.
Have you even documented this stuff about yourself, so your grands and great grands will know who you were? Well I didn't think of doing this myself at all, and this is the exact information I want to know about my ancestors. I want to know what internal factors shaped their lives.
So I have decided that I am going to start with myself and write these stories about me and my parents and even my one daughter. This should be a really fun project. I am hoping that some of you would join me in doing the same and share some of your stories here. You can either do it through comments or send me an email and I can add it as a post. It would be really exciting.
I will start with five of the Questions in the post 'Stop the Silence' and am looking forward to learning more about my family.
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First Five Questions to Get This Party Started
1. What is your full name and why did your parents choose that name for you?
2. Where were you born and how did your family come to live there?
3. Did you have family chores growing up and what was your least favorite?
4. Did you have a family pet? And if so what was your pets name?
5. What world events had the most impact on you while you were growing up? Did any of them
personally affect your family?
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