Your Living Family Tree

Discover Your Family Stories

by Mary-Jill Bellhouse

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/09/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9781452524771

About the Book

Wouldn’t you love to know all about your family history? Who were your ancestors? Your family tree can tell you their names, where they lived and how they made their living, but wouldn’t you like to know more? Did you inherit any of their looks or personality traits? What were the experiences and events that shaped their lives?

We can’t ask those who have already gone, but what if future generations of your family could discover the answers to these questions, and more, by listening to their ancestors telling their own stories? You can record conversations with your living relatives about their own unique life experiences and about your family history. When the fascinating patchwork of stories is stitched together, a living branch, with living ancestors, appears on your family tree.

In Your Living Family Tree, author Mary-Jill Bellhouse offers an easy step-by-step guide to get you started recording your family history. This guide is full of practical techniques and tips on how to prepare for an interview, how to conduct the interview and what to do with the completed recordings. She includes questions – designed to elicit candid and relaxed responses from your interviewee –grouped into logical chronological sections:

• Early family years and relatives
• Childhood family home
• Family life growing up
• Primary and high school years
• Further education
• Adult life and career
• Love and marriage
• First home after marriage
• Starting a family
• Th e war years
• Religion, travel, and other interests
• Looking back and taking stock

Everyone has a unique story to tell and your relatives have valuable information to share. Preserve their precious memories now and create a living branch on your family tree for future generations to treasure.

About the Author

Mary-Jill Bellhouse records family histories. Inspired by interviews with her ancestors recorded by the National Library of Australia, she wrote this easy step-by-step guide to encourage other people to preserve their own stories for future generations of their family to treasure. Mary-Jill plays the violin and lives in Canberra, Australia.