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Like Springsteen, Sum Up Your Life Story...

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Is it an oral history or a personal history...

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The personal history of tragedy...

A military history everyone can share...

10 Ways blogging can boost legacy writing...

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Documented Legacy helps people and organizations record aspects of their personal history by documenting their experiences, values, beliefs and charitable decisions through the use of storytelling, legacy writing, and ethical wills. Each life has a legacy. The story you may want to record may not be about an entire life but rather a part of a life: an event, a tradition, a moment, a celebration, an experience. Those are the moments ...

Date: 27.09.2011 By: Documented Legacy Category: Blog

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UNION BEACH, N.J. _ It’s Christmastime and this is a story about hope, the kind of hope that arises slowly after a tragedy.  It is the little gestures that reminds us there are so many good people in the world. Here’s the backstory. Hurricane Sandy arrived in New Jersey on October 29 at high tide on a full moon with winds of 90 miles per hour and, basically, sucker punched the little ...

Date: 14.12.2012 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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Photos are the memory keepers of our personal histories. They are reminders of a life lived. They open the gates of our memories and serve as placeholders for the next generations of family stories. Those personal stories are our real inheritance.   When Mother Nature shakes her angry hand and disaster strikes our homes, those family photos and heirlooms are the first things that people look for in the remains of their ...

Date: 12.11.2012 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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Before you begin a life story project you have to answer a few key questions. How do you want to be remembered? What events in your life most influenced the way you live? What do you want others to know about you? What do you wish for them? Begin thinking about these questions before you decide what form your life story project will take: print, audio, video, etc.  You may not want to write a ...

Date: 18.07.2012 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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Birthdays are a celebration of your life. They mark another year in your life story.  Consider using family birth dates as opportunities to record bits of personal history for your family. Let me share a personal story with you. It sparked a bunch of ideas on how to record life stories - even short ones - at milestone dates. In books, Bibles and drawers throughout my house I have more than 30 ...

Date: 16.07.2012 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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Oral History or Personal History: There is a difference between the two. An oral historian is focused on recording events and stories in history that will help document history for history’s sake. A personal history records your unique story in the scope of history.  It details parts of your life with your thoughts, emotions and the experiences that you’d like remembered. Here’s an example between the two.   At the National Constitution Center ...

Date: 09.07.2012 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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When it comes to preserving one’s family history, most people love the idea of the finished product, but cringe at the workload it takes to get it completed.  It prevents them from starting in the first place. Throughout the summer I will periodically write about using small chunks of time to get your personal history project started. Writing your life story doesn’t have to be a marathon event unless time is of ...

Date: 29.06.2012 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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What happens when the very foundation of your life is shattered, when everything you leaned on for support, love, mentoring and protection is no longer there? That tragedy, unfortunately, is a significant part of your personal history. With a child abuse scandal rocking the Penn State University football program this week, the traditions and beliefs that generations of families have come to associate with an organization that prides itself on “doing ...

Date: 15.11.2011 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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    When talking to people about the benefits of writing a personal history, I always use the example of why our U.S. servicemen and women should record their military history in their own words. Those personal insights bring passion and meaning to our country’s history. They fill in the details and describe a culture can only be fully told by the individuals who served. In group discussions, however, someone who has not ...

Date: 11.11.2011 By: Mary Danielsen Category: Blog

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It never ceases to amaze me when I learn something new through my blog. I am always surprised when the words I write elicits a response from a total stranger. In researching family background for myself and others, there have been numerous occasions when previously unknown information was sent to me by someone else. I have met people that I now communicate with regularly. You can’t always tell that from ...

Date: 06.07.2011 By: Documented Legacy Category: Blog

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In speaking with several people this week about documenting our parents’ and grandparents’ military history, I could not urge them more to get it all down quickly. If you wait until it’s almost too late – when fading health issues are in the forefront – then it may already be too late. Once they’re gone, their cherished stories fade into history.  What we learn in school or read in books can not ...

Date: 23.05.2011 By: Documented Legacy Category: Blog

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As Mother’s Day approaches people have been asking me how they could write a legacy for their children or their mother like the one I wrote last year. Let me explain the Up-and-Down Legacy. In the hustle we all live each day, juggling work, family, home, errands, wishes, and gotta dos, sometimes the perception of our joy for life gets missed. Sometimes we think about calling our parents today, but we don’t. ...

Date: 05.05.2011 By: Documented Legacy Category: Blog

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Document Your Legacy

We help people and organizations record aspects of their life-long history by
documenting their experiences, values, beliefs, and charitable decisions through the use of story telling and ethical wills.
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