Monday, May 16, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

I haven't been posting my responses to Amy Coffin's wonderful weekly prompts for 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History. But I have been sending the questions off to my parents to get their answers. This month I have finally gotten around to saving them all to my computer and taking the time to read them. I have also answered the questions myself. But it's not really interesting for you all to read when I still own my first car. I have learned a lot about my parents' childhoods though.

From my dad I learned:
  • He once had a fever and hallucinated that the room was closing in on him and his mom put ice packs on him.
  • The bunk beds in the boy's bedroom (there were four of them and 3 girls) had wagon wheels on the ends.
  • He sat in the middle of the dining room table and was exposed to all the types of food offered.
  • He really did take his dog to a farm when my brother was born.
From my mom I learned:
  • The family's 3-legged dog slept at the end of her bed. 
  • She watched the clouds starting to swirl before they became the F5 tornado that his Xenia, Ohio. Her dad was mad that they didn't take any photos.
  • My grandfather would fall asleep and snore during movies. Drive-ins were wonderful for the other people watching the same movie.
  • She's not looking forward to her own obituary.
I have printed all the questions to give to my grandma for homework this weekend when I visit her. Hopefully I learn some interesting things about her life too.


  1. You've reminded me that I want to give the questions as prompts to my 82-year-old parents and some other relatives too! I think their answers will be a lot more interesting than mine. I've only posted responses to a few of the prompts - one scheduled for tomorrow.

  2. How nice to be able to write about your first car while you still have it though. A totally different story than if you wrote from memory in 60 years!

  3. Wonderful they shared stories and didn't say "I don't remember" :)

  4. Thanks for this and I think I'll head over to the 52 weeks and maybe start using it myself. Thank you!