Stumped on how to write your personal history? Some people get overwhelmed when they sit down and start to write. Where should you begin? Do you write a chronological history of everything you’ve ever done? Do you write chapters based on topics, such as family, church callings, school, and work?
The following list of ideas may help you get going. The list comes from the article “Eight Funtastic Ways to Jump-Start Your Personal History in the October issue of the Ensign magazine.
1. Top-10 Lists
Create top-10 lists from your life experiences: Top-10 Favorite Breakfast Cereals as a Kid. Top-10 Mission Experiences. Top-10 Favorite Scriptures. Each of these is a window into your mind.
2. Upload Photos to FamilySearch
Scan your old photos. Then log on to FamilySearch and upload them to your “My Memories” gallery. Or migrate photos from your Google Photos or Instagram accounts. Then write a bunch of captions.
3. Smartphone Stories
Download a recording app on your smartphone, then ask each member of your family to record themselves telling a funny memory of you.
4. Make a “Day in the Life” Video
Use your smartphone to record a 10-second video of yourself at the top of every hour for a whole day. Then edit the clips together. You may not win an Oscar, but your grandkids will love it.
5. Collect Your Sacrament Talks
They’re all there on your hard drive. Put them together. Your testimony will bless your posterity.
6. Download Your Facebook Data
Go to Facebook.com/settings. On the left, choose “Your Facebook Information.” Then choose “Download Your Information.” And voilà!
7. Lip Sync/Karaoke/Dance Party
What five songs have influenced you the most? Film yourself singing them. Or lip-syncing them. Or just cutting a rug to them. Rest assured—this will be an instant family treasure. Wouldn’t you love to have video of your great-great-grandmother dancing?
8. Favorite Recipes
Collecting your favorite meals will let posterity make them too and experience firsthand what it was like around your table.
Thanks for sharing this. I’ve always wondered where to start and things I should gather. I know I’m gathering stories and putting them in next to the persons I have.