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"Write Your Own Life Story"

Genealogy Today: Write your own life story

By Betty Malesky
Published: Saturday, October 18, 2008 7:01 PM MDT
Once again it's October — “Family History Month.” Now is the time to begin thinking about writing your life story. As we get older, most of us think about writing our life story, but how many of us get past the thinking stage?

Each us has unique memories and a unique perspective on life. Unless we take time to record our story, it will disappear forever with our last breath. Every family historian longs to find a journal or memoir left by an ancestor that provides insight into that one's life. Each of us will one day be an ancestor. Now is the time to do our descendants a favor and begin to write our story.

A human failing is the tendency to think that one of these days we will do all the things we want to do, but the sad truth is time has a way of running out when we least expect it. With so many demands on our time, we succumb to the tyranny of the urgent — urgent things get done while more important things are postponed — and eventually the time comes when it's too late.

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