The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 09 – Halloween

When we were kids we did the trick or treating that is mostly unknown to kids today. It is just too dangerous now for the kids to go to other peoples’ houses if the parents don’t really know the people who live in the homes.

During the years that we lived in Springdale, Mom and Dad would always take us to both sets of grandparents and when we visited Grandma and Grandpa Thompson we would walk up the street and see Great Grandpa Stout and Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons who lived next door to Great-Grandpa Stout. Then, we would go to all the houses on Brogdon Street because Grandpa Stout, as I always called him, knew all the people on the street. In fact, for most of them he could tell you who their parents and grandparents were and their children and grandchildren if they had any.

Our costumes were usually costumes bought at Wal-Mart a day or two before Halloween and worn over our regular clothes because it always seemed to be really cold on Halloween night. I don’t really remember specifically what they were.

By the end of the night we would usually have a big bag full of candy! If we were lucky, one of the Grandmas would have made caramel apples or popcorn balls for us!

Now, I have seen my niece and nephews costumes for several years and they usually come by for the bag of candy I make for them every year.

 


 

This week’s prompt is Halloween

Have you ever participated in a Halloween event?
When was it?
Where was it?
What did you dress as?
Trick or treat?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 08 – Time Capsule

My time capsule would be for the grandchildren of my niece and nephews and the generations to follow them. I would want them to know about not only my life and the lives of my parents and grandparents but of the preceding generations as well.

I was lucky enough to know some of my great-grandparents and to hear some stories of their parents and even of their grandparents. I want to make sure that those are not lost to those that follow me. I would put the family history books that I am currently writing in my time capsule. I am trying to make my family history book a story of our family and not just a lot of names and dates – although of course those are in the book. But I want it make the people seem like real people.

We all have our hopes and dreams, our struggles and triumphs, our good times and bad, and I want to show those not just the info to be found on the tombstones. I want to fill in the dash on the tombstones because as someone once said the dash is what became of the life of the person. The dash is the pages of the book while the birth and death dates are just the covers.

 


 

The prompt is Time Capsule

 

  1. You can choose who to create the time capsule for as that will influence what you put (or would put into your time capsule)
  2. The creation of a time capsule
    1. you can do this in the literal sense or
    2. you can simply write what you would place into your time capsule and why. It is much more fun to create though!
  • You may choose to create a time capsule for your children, or a niece/nephew, for grandchildren – A physical item that you will give to a named person.
  • Why have you chosen that person and when do you intend for them to have it?
  • You may choose to create a time capsule of your home and leave it for someone in the future to find.
  • You may want to create a time capsule relating to an actual event or anniversary
  • If you create a physical time capsule, what did you choose to use as your capsule and why?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 07 – Grandparents

I was lucky enough to know all four of my grandparents for all of my childhood. None of my grandparents died until I was senior in high school so I knew them for many years. I even knew several of my great-grandparents. I spent quite a bit of time with all of my grandparents when I was a child unlike many of my peers. We lived within an hour and a half of them during their lives so we visited often, usually every weekend.??????????????????????

 

My mother’s parents were Ruth Lawrence and Sherman Treat. they were chicken farmers for Tyson for much of the time I remember. They lived on Don 1 Farm for most of my childhood raising chickens. They had a cow for milk, a few pigs, and various pets. They also always had a large garden to grow their own food. Grandma cooked from scratch and always had something good cooking on the stove when we visited.

thompson_-_grandma_and_grandpa_thompson_at_family_holiday_dinnerMy fathers parents were CH and Gwen Stout Thompson. Grandpa Thompson worked for all the years that I can remember at the same manufacturing plant in Rogers. It was called RTW at the time of his retirement although it had a different name for many of the years he worked there. Grandma Thompson was a homemaker for most of her life although she had worked some when she was younger.

 

 

 

 

 


 

The prompt for week 7 is Grandparents

What were their names?
Where were they from?
Were they related? – Cousins perhaps
Where were they born, another Country or state/area
Photos
What did they do?
Did you know them?
What was your relationship with them?
If you didn’t know them have you researched about them?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.

The Book of Me, Written by You: Prompt 06 – Diaries & Journals

I don’t really keep a journal or diary but I do blog quite a bit for the past couple of years and I participated in the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History blogging prompts series and now I am participating in this series. I wrote the previous series as well as this series with my niece and nephews in mind. I want them to know about my life and my views on my personal history as well as historical events which I witnessed in my life.

 


 

The prompt for week 6 is Journals and Diaries

Do you keep a journal or diary?
How far back do they go? What do you record?
Where do you keep them?
Do you always buy the same one or vary them?
Have you inherited any?
Do you intend to pass along your journals or destroy them?
Pictures
Do you have a favourite?
What do you use to write with – biro, pencil, ink or fountain pen?

 


 

The Book of Me, Written by You

By Julie Goucher 2012 – Anglers Rest Blog – http://www.anglersrest.net

Introduction

The Book of Me is a themed event enabling you to build a “Book of Me” over at least the coming year to share with your descendants, in reality this project can be as long
or as short as you want it to be.

So much of our time is researching our ancestors, but how much of the incidentals of our lives do we share, or know about our parents, grandparents, siblings and the
people that matter to us?

It is these incidental snippets that enable us to “flesh out” our ancestors and what more of a legacy could we present to our descendants or future researchers?

Over the coming weeks there will be a weekly prompt enabling you to share those details and perhaps include details of things that you know of your parents, Grandparents, siblings etc

This is not just about genealogy or family history. It is about a personal journey; a journey of rediscovery of yourself and perhaps your loved ones through your eyes.