SUGGESTIONS AND ITEMS TO CONSIDER IN WRITING YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY
 1. Your birth: when, where, parents, surrounding circumstances and conditions.
 
 2. Your childhood: health, diseases, accidents, playmates, trips, associations with your
    brothers and sisters, unusual happenings, visitors in your home, visits to grandparents, 
    relatives you remember, religion in your home, financial condition of parents.
   
 3. Your brothers and sisters: names, date of birth, place of birth, accomplishments, names
    of spouses, date and place of marriage, their children
    
 4. Your school days: schools attended, teachers, courses studied, special activities,
    associates, achievements, socials, report cards, humorous situations, who or what
    influenced you to take certain courses or do things you might not otherwise have done.
    
 5. Your activities before, after and between school sessions: vacations, jobs, attendance
    at church, other church functions, scouting, sports, tasks at home, fun and funny
    situations
    
 6. Your courtship and marriage: meeting your spouse, special dates, how the question was
    popped, marriage plans, the wedding, parties and receptions, gifts, honeymoon, meeting
    your in-laws, what influenced you most in your choice of spouse.
    
 7. Settling down to married life: your new home, starting housekeeping, bride's biscuits,
    spats and adjustments, a growing love, making ends meet, joys and sorrows, your
    mother-in-law, other in-laws.
    
 8. Your vocation: training for your job, promotions, companies you worked for, salaries,
    associates, achievements, your own business.
    
 9. Your children: names, dates and places of birth, health of mother before and after, how
    father fared, characteristics, habits, smart sayings and doings, growing up,
    accomplishments, schooling, marriage, vocations, sicknesses, accidents, operations.
    
10. Your civic and political activities: positions held, services rendered, clubs,
    fraternities and lodges you have joined.
    
11. Your church activities: as a young person, through adolescence, churches attended,
    church positions, church associates, church certificates, answers to prayers, necessity
    and power of love.
    
12. Your avocations: sports, home hobbies, dramatic and musical activities, reading habits,
    genealogy, travels, favorite songs, movies, books, writers, poems, etc.
    
13. Special celebrations or holidays you remember: Easter, Christmas, national and local
    holidays, vacations.
    
14. Your plans and hopes for the future.

15. Your ancestors: your impressions of those you knew personally a general sketch of those
    you did not know; father, mother, grandparents, great Grandparents, other relatives.
    
16. Your encouragement and counsel to your descendants: carrying on family traditions 
    and activities; their obligations to their country, church and family; your suggestions
    to your progeny and others on honesty, humility, health, diligence, perseverance,
    thrift, loyalty, kindness, reverence, the Bible and other religious and edifying books;
    service to fellowmen; your belief regarding God, etc.
                  
    Never underestimate the effect you may have on unborn generations in helping them
    through the trials and tribulations of life by the written word of advice you leave
    your children, grandchildren, etc.  If you would like them to live upright, honest
    lives; give them the benefit of your experiences.  Job, of the Old Testament, lamented
    the fact that his words were not written when he said, I 'Oh that my words were now
    written!  Oh that they were printed in a book!  That they were graven with an iron pen
    and lead in the rock forever!" (Job:19-23).  But they were written, and he then gave
    his beautiful testimony of the Redeemer which has been used countless times as the text 
    of sermons in both Jewish and the Christian worlds.  Your communications to your
    descendants must be written.  They will also appreciate your life story as a precious
    treasure, and bless you all their days for it.
                      
17. Hints on writing your life story: tell your story plainly and with directness; write
    truthfully of uplifting, relined and honorable occurrences and experiences.  Humor
    helps to make for easier reading.  If you can give the whys of your decisions and
    changes in activities it may help others.  Illustrate with as many pictures as
    possible.  Make several copies, or better still, mimeograph or print and give one to
    each of your children and grandchildren.  Place copies in local and national libraries 
    and/or historical societies.