To Our Children's Children Journal

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385490641
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 160,951
  • Product dimensions: 7.59 (w) x 10.51 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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To Our Children's Children

Journal of Family Memories
By Bob Greene

Doubleday Books

Copyright © 1998 Bob Greene
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780385490641

Welcome! We're glad that you decided to embark on this project, and we hope it turns out to be one of the most satisfying things you've ever done.

You will find in these pages many questions-- questions to lead you down the pathways of your own life. What you're going to be doing is putting together a personal history for your family. We're here to show you that it can be easy and full of pleasure for you--something intimate and special, the creating of a lasting and beautiful hand-me-down for your children, your children's children, and generations that will come along far in the future.

Your story will have much more resonance for your children and grandchildren than any biography or autobiography of a famous person. It's almost startling that making this kind of personal history hasn't always been an American custom. Older people are often able to leave property or money behind for their descendants, but this--a package of memories of a person's life--is what usually doesn't get passed along. The most precious commodities of all--people's own recollections of their worlds--seldom get preserved, at least in aproper and permanent way.

As you will see, the secret of all this is found in the particulars. The specifics of your own memories are what your family will treasure the most. The main thing for you to know is that you need not attempt to sum up your life in grand, sweeping historic strokes, but stick to the seemingly small basics.

Thus, a man in his seventies shouldn't try to tell his children what post-World War I America was like; he should answer for them the question "What did the neighborhood where you grew up look like?" Or "Who was your best friend when you were a boy, and what did the two of you do together?" Or "How did you get your first job, and what was it like on your first day?"

A woman in her eighties shouldn't try to reconstruct the political events that took place during her youth. She should reach into her memory to answer questions on richer topics "What was your schoolhouse like?" Or "What do you remember about going on automobile rides with your family?" Or "Describe what you would do on summer days when you were a girl."

The purpose of this book is to help you along the way. If you know what questions to ask yourself, the answers almost take care of themselves--you already know them, but you may not have thought about them in a while.

Maybe you have never considered that the stories from your life are important. But be assured that they will be cherished far beyond anything money could buy. Whether you write your history, or speak it into a tape recorder, your stories will be eagerly awaited by the most appreciative audience of all--your family. Far into the future, your family will read your words or listen to your voice and be grateful you took the time to put this gift together for them.



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Excerpted from To Our Children's Children by Bob Greene Copyright © 1998 by Bob Greene. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Stumbled upon this book while looking for something else great find

    If you ever thought you would like to write a menoir for your children but felt that you were not a good enough writer this is the book to get. Each page asks you a question about your life that will get you started writing. It will make you remember things you haven't thought about in years. It is not a book you will do in one day, it is a lifetime project to leave behind for your family. Some questions may not relate to your life but they will make you think about something else that you will write about. I am having a lot of fun walking down memory lane, and i have only just begun. I recently purchased another copy of this book to give to my mother. I would love to know more about her life and the questions in this book are too many to ask over a cup of tea

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Grandmother laughed and cried at the same time

    I gave this to MY grandmother for Christmas. Since there are now GREAT grandchildren around, I thought this would be neat for her to give to ME so one day THEY could read it. It allowed us to sit and hear wonderful stories and laugh- and cry too. Great when you can sit with the person and talk.

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