I imagine that one of the reasons you are visiting the Memoirs Unlimited website is your interest in genealogy. Like me, you might have done some digging in the hopes of discovering something about your family history.
For those of us who enjoy this kind of thing, there is an excitement in finding information that fills the gaps in our family tree. I’m thrilled when I find anything new about a long gone ancestor. In fact, I just recently discovered some very basic information about my great-grandmother. It was the year she died. Finding that date was comparable to finding buried treasure.
I just wish there was MORE. You know, more data that helped describe who Grandma Rose was – how her family made a living, what they did in their spare time, what the immigration experience was like. I wondered what she might have looked like as a young woman. What were her parents like?
So, unless you run across some long-forgotten diary, your ancestral information may be fairly bare-boned. That is why I love the personal history.
Simply stated, a personal history is a life story written in first person. It is an important piece of personal literature where you are speaking directly to your reader about your life through the pages of a book. It provides the detail that sprouts leaves on your family tree.