Journals With Questions for Preserving Family Memories

When tracing your family's history it is important to remember the importance of preserving not only the stories of the past but also the stories of the living. Encourage your family members to record their memories for posterity with one of these wonderful, journal-type memory books full of thought-provoking questions and space for recording the sure-to-be-cherished answers.

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    My Life Story So Far, a Journal from Uncommon Goods
    My Life Story So Far, a Journal from Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods

    This sewn, clothbound journal is carefully organized to encourage parents and grandparents to create a lasting family keepsake that will be treasured for generations. Beginning with "The Early Years," each of the nine sections contains thought-provoking prompts to spark the memories of first dates, lifelong friendships, meaningful stories, and pearls of wisdom gathered along the way. An Uncommon Goods exclusive.

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    Almost 400 pages in length, the beautiful, hardback Story of a Lifetime offers hundreds of simple ​but thought-provoking questions to get anyone writing. Many of the questions can be very personal, so if you're looking for more facts-only memories you may want to look elsewhere. The questions cover all aspects of a lifetime—childhood, school, college, marriage, parenting, military, etc.—sure to trigger stories that you've never heard before!

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    This companion book to the best-selling "To Our Children's Children: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come" offers hundreds of beautiful, though-evoking questions with ample room in which to record the answers. A memory book that, once completed, will become a treasured part of your family's history for generations to come.

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    Make it easy for your parents, grandparents or other relatives to record their memories with this lovely, hardbound memory book full of 150 inspiring questions designed to trigger recall of memories and experiences. "Your Story" provides plenty of room to record responses to the questions and attach relevant photographs on acid-free, archival-quality paper.

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    Grandparents often need something to inspire them to record their life stories, and this little legacy journal might just be it. The spiral bound memory book by Annie Decker and Nicole Burke Stephenson lies flat, with plenty of room for grandparents to share the memories of their lives. There is also room for photos at the beginning of each chapter and a pocket in the back to store letters, recipes or other treasures.

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    Make it easy for your loved ones to write their life story with this book of questions covering just about every topic imaginable - from childhood toys and crushes to adult embarrassments, relationships and achievements. This book is a bit small in size, so you may want to provide an additional notebook or journal.

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    This beautiful book, now in its 36th printing, makes it easy for grandmothers to record their story for posterity with a series of fill-in-the-blank questions, while still allowing plenty of space for recording additional memories, attaching photos, etc.

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    If you have one of those grandfathers who thinks writing is difficult and tiresome, then try this book. Easy fill-in-the-blank questions will get him recording his life stories and memories in no time!

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    This beautiful journal includes "thought-starters" and space for a father to record not only his life experiences (first job, family traditions, etc.) but also his experiences with his own children and the time they spend together. This is a fairly small, spiral-bound book that lacks space for writing extended answers, but is easier to approach than many for tentative writers/storytellers.

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    This beautiful journal includes space for mothers to write answers to questions about their childhood, values, dreams, etc. as well as a section for recording their time as a mother (from how they chose their child's name to things their child did to make them proud). There are several blank pages for additional memories and even a place for Mom to trace an outline of her hand!