Sharing Memories

We all want to find information on our ancestors and are overjoyed to find an ancestor’s diary or journal. But what about our own memoirs? It's important as genealogists that we not forget about writing our own story.

We may think writing about ourselves is boring or egotistical but stop and think how excited your descendants would be to find a journal or dairy that their great great grandmother (you) wrote.

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories will guide you in writing your own genealogical journal. Every Sunday I will post a topic and write about my own memories. Prompts in the form of questions are provided to assist you in writing your own Sharing Memories journal. Make it public or private, it's your choice! 

If you write your own blog and you are participating in this challenge, please use the hashtag #52SharingMemories if you are posting on Twitter or Google+  That way I can provide links to your blog posts at the end of the week. 


Following is the list of Sharing Memories Topics with links to the posts and shared memories left by other readers.

The Fourth 52 Weeks: Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014

Sharing Memories Week 1: Challenge: 52 Weeks of Writing Our Memories - Kindergarten Days
Sharing Memories Week 2: Sharing Memories: I Did Not Like Grade 1
Sharing Memories Week 3: Sharing Memories: Getting Your Driver's Licence 
Sharing Memories Week 4: Sharing Memories: Playing Hooky in Grade 2 and 3
Sharing Memories Week 5:  Naughty Things You Did as a Kid
Sharing Memories Week 6: Games You Played 
Sharing Memories Week 7: Do You Remember Grades 3 and 4?
Sharing Memories Week 8: Grades 5 & 6
Sharing Memories Week 9: Who Was Your Favourite Relative?
Sharing Memories Week 10: Movie Time!
Sharing Memories Week 11: Grades 7 & 8
Sharing Memories Week 12: Gardening
Sharing Memories Week 13: Broken Bones & Other Accidents
Sharing Memories Week 14: Sharing Memories Week 14: Grade 9 - Love it or Hate it?
Sharing Memories Week 15: A Special Song
Sharing Memories Week 16: Grades 10 & 11
Sharing Memories Week 17: One Ringy Dingy Two Ringy Dingy
Sharing Memories Week 18:Your Favourite TV Shows
Sharing Memories Week 19:  My Mother the Adventurer!
Sharing Memories Week 20: Remembering Grades 12 & 13
Sharing Memories Week 21:  That Scary Exciting First Dance 
Sharing Memories Week 22: Jobs You Have Had
Sharing Memories Week 23: Oohh la la That First Crush
Sharing Memories Week 24: Some of My Favourite Books
Sharing Memories Week 25: Summer Time Fun
Sharing Memories Week 26: Prom Night, Fun or Disaster?
Sharing Memories Week 27:  First Loss
Sharing Memories Week 28:  Family Vacations, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Sharing Memories Week 29:  Chores- What Kid Loves 'Em?
Sharing Memories Week 30:  Tattle Tales
Sharing Memories Week 31: You're Grounded
Sharing Memories Week 32: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Sharing Memories Week 33: Let's Visit Gramma
Sharing Memories Week 34: School's Out!

The Third 52 Weeks: Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 51): Family Crafts & Skills
Sharing Memories (Week 50): Memories of Santa
Sharing Memories (Week 49): Toddler Playtime!
Sharing Memories (Week 48): First House
Sharing Memories (Week 47): Thinking of Grandma
Sharing Memories (Week 46): Ooey Gooey Squishy White Margarine!
Sharing Memories (Week 45): Car Trials & Tribulations - Zoom Zoom!
Sharing Memories (Week 44): I Love Books!
Sharing Memories (Week 43): Terror in the Chair!
Sharing Memories (Week 42): Local Diners & Jukeboxes
Sharing Memories (Week 41): Jobs - Exciting, Boring or an Adventure?
Sharing Memories (Week 40): First Full Time Job and Getting Fired
Sharing Memories (Week 39): First Year of College or University
Sharing Memories (Week 38): Leaving Home & Some Bad Memories
Sharing Memories (Week 37): Embarrassing Moments
Sharing Memories (Week 36): Sadie Hawkins Dances
Sharing Memories (Week 35): Music Was Supposed to Soothe My Soul
Sharing Memories (Week 34): Wild Mouse & Other Scary Rides
Sharing Memories (Week 33): There's Monsters Under my Bed
Sharing Memories (Week 32): Spirit of Britain and Other Parades
Sharing Memories (Week 31): When I Grow Up I Want to Be...
Sharing Memories (Week 30): Air Raid Sirens & Curfew!
Sharing Memories (Week 29): Wedding Bells
Sharing Memories (Week 28): Burn Baby Burn!
Sharing Memories (Week 27): Celebrating Independence Day and Canada Day
Sharing Memories (Week 26): Fav Desserts!
Sharing Memories (Week 25): Fishing with Dad
Sharing Memories (Week 24): Plaid Glasses & A Sandbox Hiding Place
Sharing Memories (Week 23): Leaving Home
Sharing Memories (Week 22): The Bread Box
Sharing Memories (Week 21): Surgeries
Sharing Memories (Week 20): Friday Night Cards
Sharing Memories (Week 19): New Friends
Sharing Memories (Week 18): My Town
Sharing Memories (Week 17): First Bike!
Sharing Memories (Week 16):  Discipline
Sharing Memories (Week 15): Watching Dad Shave
Sharing Memories (Week 14): People I Wish I'd Known Better
Sharing Memories (Week 13): Sweet Sixteen
Sharing Memories (Week 12): Things That Go Bump in the Night
Sharing Memories (Week 11): Indian Leg Wrestling
Sharing Memories (Week 10): Imagination
Sharing Memories (Week 9): Darn Those Measles and other Childhood Illnesses! 
Sharing Memories (Week 8) The Hardy Boys or the Bobbsey Twins?   
Sharing Memories (Week 7): Oh Those Horrid Rules!   
Sharing Memories (Week 6): Paper Dolls   
Sharing Memories (Week 5): Imaginary Friends & Stuffed Animals You Loved  
Sharing Memories (Week 4): Sleepovers & Hair Dye
Sharing Memories (Week 3): HAIR! I wore it long, straight, curly, fuzzy Snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty... 
Sharing Memories (Week 2):  First Airplane Ride
Sharing Memories (Week 1): Your First Childhood Memory

The Second 52 Weeks: Jan. 2, 2011-Dec. 25, 2011

Sharing Memories (Week 52): Create a Book From Your 2011 Memories Journal Writing
Sharing Memories (Week 51): Best & Worst Christmas
Sharing Memories (Week 50): Decorating For the Holidays
Sharing Memories (Week 49): Teen Hangout
Sharing Memories (Week 48): Kindergarten Memories
Sharing Memories (Week 47): Close Calls
Sharing Memories (Week 46): Frosty Mornings!
Sharing Memories (Week 45): Favorite Subject in School
Sharing Memories (Week 44): Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet!
Sharing Memories (Week 43): Childhood Pranks
Sharing Memories (Week 42):  Your First Computer!
Sharing Memories (Week 41):  Thanksgiving as an Adult
Sharing Memories (Week 40):  Autumn Celebrations
Sharing Memories (Week 39): Special Moments
Sharing Memories (Week 38): Your Favorite Grade in School
Sharing Memories (Week 37): Where Were You During 9/11
Sharing Memories (Week 36):Back to School Memories
Sharing Memories (Week 35):Accidents Happen
Sharing Memories (Week 34): Special Times & Traditions
Sharing Memories (Week 33): My Grandpa Was an Ape
Sharing Memories (Week 32): My Favourite Relative
Sharing Memories (Week 31): Oh Those Good Ole Summer Days!

Sharing Memories (Week 30 of 52): We're Having a Heat Wave!
Sharing Memories (Week 29 of 52): TV Shows
Sharing Memories (Week 28 of 52): Family Reunions
Sharing Memories (Week 27 of 52): Celebrations!
Sharing Memories (Week 26 of 52): Music Soothes The Soul
Sharing Memories (Week 24 of 52): Father's Day (Oops this should be week 25!)
Sharing Memories (Week 24 of 52): Visiting Relatives
Sharing Memories (Week 23 of 52): Books, Books & More Books!
Sharing Memories (Week 22 of 52): Memorial Day Thank You to Military Ancestors
Sharing Memories (Week 21 of 52): Home Sweet Home
Sharing Memories (Week 20 of 52): Movies & Popcorn
Sharing Memories (Week 19): Mother's Day Memories
Sharing Memories (Week 18): Learning to Drive (Zoom, Zoom)
Sharing Memories (Week 17): Easter    
Sharing Memories (Week 16): First Kiss!
Sharing Memories (Week 15): The Milkman Cometh
Sharing Memories (Week 14): Scrub Those Clothes Clean!
Sharing Memories (Week 13): Changes in Technology
Sharing Memories: (Week 12) Favourite Toy or Game
Sharing Memories: (Week 11) All About Mom & Dad

Sharing Memories: (Week 10) What Did They Say??
Sharing Memories: (Week 9) Your Childhood Pets
Sharing Memories: (Week 8) Your Friends 
Sharing Memories (Week 7): Remembering Mom
Sharing Memories (Week 6): Oh Those Siblings
Sharing Memories: (Week 5): Memories of Dad
Sharing Memories: (Week 4): Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny & Santa!
Sharing Memories: (Week 3): Cooking
Sharing Memories: (Week 2): Memories of Grandparents
Sharing Memories: (Week 1): New Year's Celebrations

The First 52 Weeks:  Dec 8, 2009 - Nov.28, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 52): Turning Your Genealogy Journal into a Book
Sharing Memories (Week 51): American Thanksgiving!
Sharing Memories (Week 50): Santa Claus Parade
Sharing Memories (Week 49): Remembrance Day
Sharing Memories (Week 48): HALLOWE'EN!
Sharing Memories (Week 47): Hallowe'en Costumes
Sharing Memories (Week 46): First Job
Sharing Memories (Week 45): The Family I Knew
Sharing Memories (Week 44): Thanksgiving Memories
Sharing Memories (Week 43): Getting Family Members Input
Sharing Memories (Week 42): Your First Job
Sharing Memories (Week 41): Mom & Dad's Favorite Things
Sharing Memories (Week 40): Trips &Adventures
Sharing Memories (Week 39): Labour Day Weekend
Sharing Memories (Week 38): Extreme Weather
Sharing Memories (Week 37): Time with Grandma
Sharing Memories (Week 36): Favorite Music
Sharing Memories (Week 35): Mmmmm Good!
Sharing Memories (Week 34): Home is Where the Heart Is
Sharing Memories (Week 33): Games
Sharing Memories (Week 32): Family Reunions!
Sharing Memories (Week 31): Stories of Births & Baptisms
Sharing Memories (Week 30): Weddings!
Sharing Memories (Week 29): Dear Old Dad
Sharing Memories (Week 28): Parents & Grandparents Occupations
Sharing Memories (Week 27): Childhood Pets
Sharing Memories (Week 26): Soldiers in Your Family
Sharing Memories (Week 25): Long Weekend in May
Sharing Memories (Week 24): Hobbies, Lessons
Sharing Memories (Week 23): Remembering Mother
Sharing Memories (Week 22): Your Prom
Sharing Memories (Week 21): Dear Old Grandpa!
Sharing Memories (Week 20): Grandma's Stories
Sharing Memories (Week 19): Easter
Sharing Memories (Week 18): Your Favorite Teacher
Sharing Memories (Week 17): Here Comes High School
Sharing Memories (Week 16): March Break Here We Come!
Sharing Memories (Week 15): Grandfathers
Sharing Memories (Week 14): Grandmothers
Sharing Memories (Week 13): More School Memories (Grades 7 & 8)
Sharing Memories (Week 12): Valentine's Day Stories
Sharing Memories (Week 11) - More School Memories
Sharing Memories (Week 10) - First Day and Year of School
Sharing Memories: (Week 9) Birthday Parties! 
Sharing Memories: (Week 8) Winter Family Times 
Sharing Memories: (Week 7) Winter Meals
Sharing Memories: (Week 6)  Winter Weather
Sharing Memories: (Week 5)New Year's
Sharing Memories: (Week 4)Christmas Memories
Sharing Memories: (Week 3) Winter Holidays
Sharing Memories: (Week 2) Winter Activities
Sharing Memories: (Week 1) Introduction to Genealogy Journal Writing