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October 1, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for October 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12th from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26th  from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
Current Writers Group members will receive a reminder before each meeting.  The Zoom link will be included in the email with the October 8th meeting reminder.  All are welcome. 
 
Our October prompts are:
  1. Have you uncovered a family secret through your genealogical research or DNA testing?  Will you keep the knowledge to yourself, or will you inform the family?  If you choose to inform them, how will you approach the subject?   How will this affect you as the family historian?
  1. You are more than a name in your family tree.  What do you want future generations to know about you?
  1. Discovering migratory patterns in your family tree.  Using your family tree research, where were your ancestors living in the 1850 U.S. Census?  Follow their movements forward using the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census records to see if there is a migratory pattern. Where and when did the various branches of your family meet up or did they travel together to new locations?
As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
September 2, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for September 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
Current Writers Group members will receive a reminder before each meeting.  The Zoom link will be included in the email with the September 14th meeting reminder.  All are welcome. 
 
Our September prompts are:
  1. Did you have any ancestors in the following wars?  What do you know about their service?  How are they related to you?  Did they enlist or were they drafted?  Tell their story.
Revolutionary War: 1775-1783
War of 1812:1812-1815
Mexican War:1846-1848
Civil War:1861-1865
Spanish-American War:1898
Philippine Insurrection:1899-1902
World War I:1917-1918
World War II:1941-1945
Korean Conflict:1950-1953
Vietnam War:1964-1972
  1. What’s the most meaningful personal letter you ever received?  Or, wrote?  In what way has this letter affected you?
  1. Write a short story about the most memorable person in your life and how they influenced your perspective and relationship to the world around you.
As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
August 1, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for August 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10th from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24th from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
August prompts:
  1. Do you have any British nonconformist or dissenting ancestors? (i.e. Methodists, Presbyterians, Puritans, Baptists, Quakers, Unitarians, or Congregationalists)  Were they persecuted?  Jailed?  Forcibly evicted?
          Checkout these websites:
  1. How did your parents or grandparents meet?  Find the common point where their two lives intersected.
  • Residence (census, property and tax records, directories)
  • Social circles
  • Community organizations
  • Occupations (jobs, trades, industries)
  • Ethnic group
  • Educational background
  • As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
July 2, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for July 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, JULY 13th from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, JULY 27th from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
July prompts:
  1. Did you have a storyteller in the family?  Write down some of the stories that you remember to pass on to your family.  Be sure to identify who told the stories.
  1. Write about your high school years.  Which subjects did you excel at and which ones were a challenge?  Were you involved in sports, clubs, music, art, the yearbook committee, etc.?  What memories – good or bad – stand out most about those years? 
  1. Choose one heirloom and answer the following questions:
What is it?
When did you acquire it?
When was it made?
What is it made of?
Who gave it to you?
Who gave it to them?
If it is handmade, who made it?
Where is it now?
Where did it come from?
How did it come to you?
Why is it important to you?
(Include a photo if possible)
 
As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
May 29, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for Jun 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8th from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22nd from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
June prompts:
 
  1. Do you have ancestors who participated in the Civil War?  For which side did they fight?  What information do you have about the branch of service they joined?  When did they muster in and out?  Do you have pension information?  If they fought for the Union, did they join a Grand Army of the Republic post?  Do your ancestors’ gravestones indicate their branch of service?
 
  1. Father’s Day is June 19th.  Write a story about your father, grandfather, husband, brother or father-figure and how that individual influenced your life.  Did you get your sense of humor from him?  Or, learn a skill?  Did he teach you perseverance? Or, how to throw a baseball or football, swing a golf club, or how to fish?  Focus on one or two aspects of your relationship.
 
  1. What have you discovered about yourself during the previous two years of pandemic restrictions?  Are you a procrastinator, an organizer, a researcher, a planner, a hobbyist, a writer, a reader, or something else?  Where have you focused your energies during Covid?  What were the results?
 
As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
April 30, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for May 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, MAY 11th from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
May prompts:
  1. Did you have a mystery in your family tree?  A family member who seemed to have no origin?  How did you solve it?  Did you use DNA to help confirm your results?
  1. Did you have a teamster in your family tree?  Stagecoach driver, produce wagon driver, horse-drawn public transportation, freight wagon, or canal driver?  Use census records, county histories, newspaper articles and city directories to fill out your teamster’s life.
  1. Have you found evidence of an immigrant ancestor who changed their name after arriving in the United States?  Did they change it to make it easier to pronounce?  To sound more “American,” to ease integration, streamline bureaucracy, or as an aid to establishing a business? 
  1. Did you have an ancestor who lived through an historic event such as major earthquake or fire, shipwreck, pandemic, famine or war?  Using historical records, write a story about what your ancestor must have experienced during the event.
As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
March 31, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for April 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th, from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27th from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
April prompts:
 
Focus on your collateral relatives:  Collateral relatives are your siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other branches of your family tree that descend from your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, etc.  Make a list of every collateral relative you can remember and fill in their information: full name, birth date and place, spouse, children, marriage date and place, and death date and place.  Using city directories, census records, newspaper articles, and your personal knowledge, write a paragraph or two about each of your collaterals. 
 
Focus on family stories:  What family stories were passed down to you?  Were these stories about a specific individual or an experience?  Have you ever checked to see if they are true or merely folklore?  Investigate the details behind the story and prove or disprove the tale.
 
As always, if neither of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
See you on April 13th and 27th.
February 26, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for March 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9th, from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23rd from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
March prompts: 
 
What has been your most intriguing/historical/confusing/rewarding genealogical find?  How did you discover this information and how does it fit into your family history?  Was it part of your family lore or a family secret?  How did you authenticate your findings?
 
How did you become interested in genealogy, family history, and/or genealogical research?  What sparked your interest?  Was someone in your family a story teller?  Were you seeking to preserve your family heritage, connect with family, preserve traditions, or seeking a connection to past generations?  Who or what was your greatest influence when it came to “Finding Your Roots?”
 
As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
 
See you on March 9th and 23rd!
January 29, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for February 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, from 1-3 pm (PT) and an in-person meeting at PARNELL PARK on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd from 1-3 pm (PT).  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
February prompts: 
 
Tell the story of the first house in which you lived.  When was it built?  What do you remember about it?  How many rooms did it have?  How many family members resided therein?  Using historical records, can you find out how much it originally cost?  What was the style of architecture?  Did the house have any historical significance?  What are your strongest memories about this house?  Is the house still occupied?
 
Who is the earliest known ancestor in your family that you can name?  What do you know about them from your research?  How are they linked to you?  Were they an immigrant to America?  When?  How?  Why?  What was their native language?  Did any of their native customs continue down to the present time?  What more would you like to know about them? How did you find this ancestor?  Family records?  Census research?  DNA results?  How has finding and documenting this ancestor impacted you personally?
 
As always, if none of these prompts are of interest, feel free to write about any topic that interests you.
See you on February 9th and 23rd!
January 21, 2022 By: Kristina Newcomer
Writing Suggestions for January 2022
The WAGS Life Story Writing Group will have a ZOOM meeting on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12th from 1-3 pm (PT) and on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26th from 1-3 pm (PT) at PARNELL PARK.  Please join us for friendly sharing and discussion.
 
January prompt: Fourteen Answers (with thanks to Stu Gothold)
 
Answer the following:
  1. My name is:
  2. My age as of (date):
  3. My first memory is:
  4. A defining moment in my life:
  5. How I decided on my vocation:
  6. The happiest moment of my life:
  7. The saddest moment of my life:
  8. What I would like to have written on my tombstone or in my obituary:
  9. The person I admire most and why:
  10. My personal hope for the future:
  11. My proudest achievement:
  12. My favorite thing:
  13. My most interesting childhood story:
  14. My favorite artifact or possession:
As always, if this prompt does not interest you, feel free to write about any topic that does.
See you on ZOOM on the 12th and at PARNELL PARK on the 26th.