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To Our Children's Children: Journal of Family Memories [Hardcover]

Bob Greene , D. G. Fulford
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Book Description

Nov 1998
You collect a lot of memories over a lifetime. Here is the place to keep them.

First there was To Our Children's Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come. A collection of over one thousand evocative questions, the book offered a very personal, human approach to genealogy, awakening readers to the possibility of creating a family history through the simple act of remembering.

From this book, hundreds of thousands of individuals have learned the value of passing on family treasures made of words. However, readers kept asking Bob Greene and D.G. Fulford for a version of the book with room to record the answers.

The To Our Children's Children Journal is just that: a handy and beautiful journal posing 365 questions (one for each day of the year), with ample space for families to write their own answers. Approachable, enjoyable, and thought-provoking, the Journal is a pleasure to read and to ponder--something that, once completed, will become a lasting part of any family's history, to be put on the bookshelf and treasured for generations to come.


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books (Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038549064X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385490641
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fill this in...and you've created history! 23 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I was pleased after opening my Amazon box~this was exactly what I needed. A Grandparent in the family wanted to know what they could give to us as a "Welcome Baby" gift for our son. I wanted not a 'purchased' gift...but one that would last for generations. I bought this book and mailed it to them asking for their gift of 'time'. It's a very big thing to ask someone to sit down and write out their life story. So I was grateful they were willing, and this book was a perfect tool! I saw the "book" version of this, not the journal, had many great reviews. This journal was all I needed. I didn't want to also ask my family to 'read' the how-to book as well. This book has plenty of thought provoking questions on each page, and plenty of room for the answers. So, it's great, for jumping right in and journaling! Great value too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, religion minimized though 11 Jan 2005
Format:Hardcover
This fun little book is a great starting point for making a family history that can be passed on to future generations. The book works by giving the family historian a series of questions that he or she can answer, thus making the basis for the history. Topics covered include such things as family and ancestry, careers, politics, and much more.
I really liked this book; it took me in directions that I never would have thought possible. Overall, though, I would only recommend this book as a starting point. For some reason, religion is covered with only a few questions in this book; while for some families it is much more important that such coverage would show.
That said, though, I do think that this is a very good book. If you want to tailor make a history of your own, then it is a good starting point. But, if you want to record a history merely by answering their questions, then this book will work very well for that, too. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 July 2010
By SallyC
Format:Hardcover
This Journal is a must for all you geneologist's and scrapbookers, it asks the questions future generation of your family will want to know abot you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Journal of Family Memories 15 Jan 2012
By cath
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought it for friends who became parents at 45 years of age and therefore may quite possibly not be around to share their life memories with their grand children!

A lot of writing involved which filled them with dread as they're both school teachers!! However, for quite a few of the topics a photograph could suffice.

It's from the US so be prepared for Americanisms!!
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fill this in...and you've created history! 23 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was pleased after opening my Amazon box~this was exactly what I needed. A Grandparent in the family wanted to know what they could give to us as a "Welcome Baby" gift for our son. I wanted not a 'purchased' gift...but one that would last for generations. I bought this book and mailed it to them asking for their gift of 'time'. It's a very big thing to ask someone to sit down and write out their life story. So I was grateful they were willing, and this book was a perfect tool! I saw the "book" version of this, not the journal, had many great reviews. This journal was all I needed. I didn't want to also ask my family to 'read' the how-to book as well. This book has plenty of thought provoking questions on each page, and plenty of room for the answers. So, it's great, for jumping right in and journaling! Great value too.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift For Generations To Come 28 Jun 2001
By sillygirl412 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Recently, I began sorting through my family's miscellaneous family history files in an effort to organize and update the information. It was with this goal in mind that I purchased this book.
Instead of getting something that would help me unify my information, I found that this book encourages the individuality of the people you are trying to "document" for generations to come. Filled with more thought-provoking questions than you will ever find people to answer them, this book is a comprehensive and categorical compilation of just about every question you could ever think to ask *ANYone*. It's questions are appropriate for any age level, whether you are asking your grandparents or your grand-daughter. I found this book to be a wonderful conversation-starter and I learned far more than just "facts and dates" about my ancestors from the older members of the family.
Whether you are a seasoned geneologist or just looking for a starting point, this book is the next step of your journey through time. Generations to come will thank you!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful family history tool 27 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book for myself because I've always wanted to keep a diary or journal but I don't have the self discipline to do it on my own. It will take me years to answer all the questions since I haven't finished raising my own children...let alone meet my future grandchildren. But I find it helpful to focus my thoughts about my own memories and get them written down for later on.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journal will be under everyone's Christmas tree. 9 Jun 2000
By J. Tullis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently bought this book for my Grandmother. We sat together and read the questions together. She talked about her life and I learned things about my grandma that I didn't know. She loves it and is looking forward to writing down her memories. I am going to buy one for my parents, brothers, and other grandparents for Christmas. What a thrill to hear and learn about my family.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to write in it. Excellent starting point for an oral history. 7 Jun 2009
By Esther Schindler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My mom is 89. She's in good health, but her memory is getting spotty. From discussions with my nieces and nephews, I'm well aware of how many "family stories" already have been lost. So on a recent visit to Mom, I packed along my Flip Video and a copy of this book. I was almost reluctant to suggest we do an Oral History, but to my great surprise we used up the storage on the video camera that first night -- and she wanted to keep going.

I give most of the credit to this book. It's meant to be a sort-of-diary for an individual to fill out. At the top of every page is a set of questions, and the rest of the page is blank, so you can write out the answer. Rather than write in Mom's answers, I used them as queries as I videotaped her; now, thanks to iMovie, I'll turn it into a DVD that I can share with the rest of my family.

What makes these questions so good is that they elicit sensory memories. For example, rather than asking, "Tell me about your grandparents," the book asks, "Did your grandparents have a food smell that you associated with visiting them?" My mom said no... but then she proceeded to tell me more about where and how they lived than I ever knew. A question about the view from her childhood window led to a long explanation of why her parents bought everything a teenager might want (Mom had a ping pong table and a pool table?) -- this way, she said, other kids came to THEIR house, so her folks never worried about where THEIR children were. I've known my mom for 51 years, and in an hour she told me at least four stories I hadn't heard before.

Not every question grabbed her, of course -- but enough did that I quickly decided the book was absolutely worth the money. I would never have thought to ask her most of these questions. (Even though I'm a writer for a living, and I interview people professionally every day!)

Don't wait until your relative is 89. After doing this exercise with my Mom, I'm very tempted to send copies of this book to my sisters and my brother. How many of their own stories have they forgotten, or never taken the time to share with children and grandchildren? I also recommend using this as a starting point for a video; Mom said that writing it out herself wouldn't have happened (I suspect it'd seem like a homework assignment, the sort you put off) but when I asked... well, that was something else entirely.
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