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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Journal Writing

Did you want to start a journal but didn't have any ideas to help you put pen to paper? Here are lots.

I believe I found this list at website with "acucore" in the name, I think, but it seems to be broken and I deleted the address before checking it. Sorry. Red face here.

You might try googling "Journal Jars". You will find many more.


Describe a favorite childhood friend and some things you did with her.

Where did you live as a child? (city, country, suburb, etc)

How many brother and sisters do you have? Describe them. Tell a story about you and each of them.

What things do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child? Describe then and now differences, etc.

What color was your house, your bedroom, your living room as a child?

Describe getting a Christmas tree with your family as a child, how did you decorate it, when did you put it up, etc.

Tell about any exciting experiences in scouting, etc.

Tell about your mother, personality, characteristics, stature, talents, family stories about her, etc.

Describe your Sundays as a mother.

What is the most important lesson, message, or advice you've learned that you'd like to pass on for others to profit by?

Describe a trip downtown as a youngster.

Tell about your teenage social life. Your friends, dances, movies, dating, church, etc.

What are your favorite: colors, flowers, food, activities, hobbies?

Do you remember any special feelings you had as a child? Fears, fantasies, etc.?

Describe the downtown of your childhood at Christmas time.

Describe your favorite dress/outfit..as a youth.

Tell about your favorite Aunt.

Tell about any ancestors you know about (dates, names, etc.) For historical purposes, add any stoires about them.

What church callings have you had? Which did you enjoy the most?

Tell something about each of your children, their personalities, their talents, their traits.

Tell about a frustrating experience you've had with a car.

Describe a childhood birthday.

How do you feel about winning? Losing?

Tell about family reunions.

Tell about each of your children: names, birthdates, and where, doctor, circumstances surrounding birth, characteristics and differences, raising them in your home, problems, joys, sorrow, accomplishments, etc.

What are you frightened of? Why?

Have you met or worked with any famous people? Where? When?

Did you receive your education somewhere other than school?

What are your most precious and deeply embedded values?

Describe your mother's wedding dress. What do you know about her wedding?

Describe a favorite vacation in your married years.

What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you? The worst?

If you could be an animal, which one would you choose and why?

Where is the most exciting place you have ever been to? What made it exciting?

What is the biggest lesson in life you found to be true?

What would you like to be remembered for?

Describe a childhood Christmas.

What were your fears, expectations, anticpations about getting married?

Did you go to college or have a vocational training? Where and when?

One word on how to live successfully.

What personality trait do you admire most and why?

How did you become engaged?

Did you and your father share any interests? Tell about your relationship.

What do you think about movies? What is your favorite movie and why?

Tell about a special date you had with a boyfirnd, your fiance. Describe a typical day during your high school years.

What is your greatest joy? Your greatest sorrow? Your greatest desire?

Tell about handed-down talents: food, clothespin dolls, willow whistles, pottery, quitling, whittling, meat drying, etc.

Did you have a favorite TV show as a child or youth? Describe it.

Oswego, New York resources

This is an old record and has probably been updated since I saved it.


Ye Olde Church Records

Here is a pdf of the records of the church in New Salem, Massachusetts. It is 56 pages long.


Rauner Library Hanover, NH 29 Nov 2005

In trying to clean up my email account I am putting some things here on the blog where they are accessible to all. These are some things I found in the Rauner Library at Dartmouth College.

Jennie M. Stevens, wife of Albert N. Merrill born in Enfield, NH according to Hanover VR birth certificate of Guy M. Merrill born 21 july 1881 in Hanover. They were farmers.

Ila May Merrill, born 12 Sept 1885 to Albert N. and Mary A. Hewitt Merrill in Hanover. Mother born in Pomfret, VT, father in Hanover, NH

Certificate of Marriage:

Arthur H. Merrill and Ada M. Foss, both of Hanover, he 28, she 22, marriage first for both, he traveling merchant, she a teacher, father of groom, Alvin I Merrill mother Esther D. Kinne, both born Hanover, Father of bride, Manassah B. Foss born Grafton, NH mother Minnie Fellows born Hanover. Date of marriage 20 April 1892 Hanover, NH Father of groom deceased remaining parents living.

Marriage Certificate:

Edwin P. Merrill and Mary A. Hewitt, he 23 she 19, both born in Hanover. Father of groom Nathaniel P. Merrill mother Lucy D. Chandler both born Hanover, Father of bridge Elbert Hewitt born Pomfret, VT, mother Augusta A. Merrill born Hanover. Marriage 1 Jan 1888.

Marriage Certificate:

Lorin K. Merrill res. Hanover and Addie Banker res. Vershire, VT, he 26, she 22 first marriage for both. His father Alvin I Merrill, mother Esther D. Kinne. Her parents David T. Banker and Mary Eastman both born Vershire. Married 30 Dec 1884 in Hanover.

Rufus L. Moses and Frances A. Benton were joined in marriage at Dartmouth College 6 March 1867. Residence of groom: Randolph, VT res. Of bride Hanover, NH Bride 24 groom 23. Birthplace of groom Calais, VT birthplace of bride Hanover. Groom's father Rufus P. Moses (born Walden, VT...a farmer) Mother Charlotte C Moses born ? Nanhunets, MA. . Bride's father James or Junas or Jonas Benton born Hanover...a farmer. Mother Calista Benton born Alstead, NH.

Marriage License:

Lester Edwin Merrill of Hanoiver, born Hanover, age 26 years father Edwin P. Merrill born Hanov4er, mother Mary Hewitt born Hanvoer.

Bride Marion Abbie Tuxbury of Newbury, VT born Newbury, father W. H. Tuxbury and Martha Brock...both born Newbury. License date 22 March 1920

Marriage Ralph Harvey Benton to Bertha F. Jones father Charles F Benton and Belle May Bickford he born hanover she born newbury vt. Bridges parents Willard H. Jones and Emily Simpson born Sheffield, VT...fathers birthplace unk

Marriage Harvey S. Benton to Martha M. Kenniston at hanover 31 oct 1858. His parents James Benton and Ccalista...Groom born Hanover bride born Conway, NH. Grooms mother born Strafford, VT Brides father Lane Kenniston. Of Conway, NH

Marriage Intention

Charles F. Benton Jr. to Lillian Lemay of Hartford, VT. Her father Moses Lemay of Hartford, VT morther Alvina Veyette born Braintree, VT. Grooms father Charles F. Benton born Han. And mother deceased May Belle Bickford born Newbury, VT Marriage took place 20 May 1911 in Hanover.

Marriage Certicate
Charles F. Benton and May Belle Bickford Her father Harvey J. Bickford born Glover, VT her mother Emma A Hadlock, deceased born Newbury, VT. Father of Charles F. Benton was Charles Benton and mother Elizabeth L. Bryant born Lebanon. Marriage at Enfield NY on 3 July 1887.```````````````````````````````

Genealogy publishing

Up early-ish this morning and found a message on email from the Genealogy Publishing list on Yahoo. There were a couple of useful posts regarding getting your book in print.

One link: http://otter-bay-books.com/guide-for-authors/ seems like a good place to start. There is lots of advertising text, but even that in interesting and useful in helping choose a publisher. This is just one example of a publisher. It has some guidelines for margins (their "Roadmap") that I will use in my own publishing efforts.

Another poster suggests using Lulu.com for 'publishing-on-demand'. I have heard of Lulu before but have not been there myself. It might be instructive to see what they have to say.