Week 2 of the Genealogy Do-Over had 3 parts.
Part 2: Self Interview
I started with the self interview. I already have my personal genealogy in good shape as far as my *old* genealogy database. I have all the essential documents, and many others. I'm doing two things for the self interview. I downloaded the trial of Scrivener (again) and started writing a mini-biography. I am amazed at what I remember when I start writing. When it's finished, I'll give it to my son, but have no plans to make it public. I also answered the questions in from the "When I was Young" Genememe from Lone Tester HQ's blog.
1. Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)
I have a baby book about me that my mother kept. I also have a little red fire engine toy that meant a lot to her. And several paintings that she painted.
2. Do you know if you were named after anyone?
I was born in the Kennedy era, and I'm named Jackie. But I'm not sure if I was named after Jacqueline Kennedy.
3. And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?
No, but my father called me Sam for many years. Until I became a teenager and put a stop to it. I'm not sure why.
4. What is your earliest memory?
I have a couple. We often picked my dad up after work at Chanute Air Force base and I remember sitting in various parking lots with my mom waiting for him. And I remember sometimes he would be gone in the evenings (college classes, I think) and my mother would roll a portable TV into my bedroom and we would watch Carol Burnett together.
5. Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?
I remember my mom singing "Rock a Bye Baby" to me. I'm sure we read as well, but I don't recall specifics.
6. When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?
I wanted to be a teacher. I had a playhouse in the back yard, and sometimes had school for my dolls and stuffed animals.
7. Did you have a favourite teacher at school?
In high school my favourite teacher was Mr. Embry who taught math. I'm not sure why. He was a great teacher, maybe that was the reason.
8. How did you get to school?
My elementary school was close, so depending on my health I either walked or my parents drove me. I was forever getting bronchitis or pneumonia as a child. In junior high I sometimes rode my bike, or was driven. In high school, the same until I as 16. Then I would drive, or I'd ride with a friend from down the street.
9. What games did playtime involve?
Red light green light. Bike riding and sometimes bike riding pretending we were cowboys on horses. Basketball because their were mostly boys in my neighborhood, but I didn't like it. Small swimming pools in the summertime.
10. Did you have a cubby house?
Yes, as mentioned in #6.
11. What was something you remember from an early family holiday?
I remember our aluminum Christmas tree with the color wheel on it. And my mother always made a cherry Coke salad with marshmallows and pecans. I didn't like it then, but I have the recipe and like it now.
12. What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday's or Christmas?
I remember getting a cardboard Barbie house that my father had to put together. And it was a bear.
13. What childhood injuries do you remember?
No injuries that I can recall.
14. What was your first pet?
The first pet I remember was Licorice, a black dachshund. Once we moved from a one story house to a two story. The back door of the one story went straight out and down one step and he'd always dash out. The two story had about a 5 foot drop and the stairs went to the right.No one thought about this, and the first time he went out he went flying through the air. Fortunately he didn't get hurt.
15. Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of "when I was young ..?"
Most of my grandparents passed away before I ever knew them. And I don't recall any stories from my remaining grandmother. She did give me a black lioness figure that she kept on her fireplace mantel. I still have it.
16. What was entertainment when you were young?
In my family we watched TV together. Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Star Trek, I Love Lucy. We very rarely ate out. And vacations were once a year to visit my grandmother.
17. Do you remember what it was it like when your family got a new fangled invention? (ie. telephone, TV, VCR, microwave, computer?)
I remember when we got our first color TV. I think I was about 8. And a little later we got a microwave. That was amazing. It was also a big event when we got our first dishwasher.
18. Did your family have a TV? Was it b&w or colour? And how many channels did you get?
When I was younger we had two black and white TV's. Then we got a color set. At first we only got 2 channels (or maybe 3 with PBS.) The second season of Star Trek (about 1967) we got NBC and got to watch Star Trek. I started my geekdom young. Funny thing, I would have sworn Star Trek was on ABC, but I just googled it, and it was NBC.
19. Did your family move house when you were young? Do you remember it?
Yes, we moved from a one story to a larger two story. Our next door neighbors moved next door to us in the new neighborhood, about a mile away. There goes that FAN club thing again. We used a pickup truck to move, and I remember a desk (I think) falling out the back of it.
20. Was your family involved in any natural disasters happening during your childhood (ie.fire, flood, cyclone, earthquake etc)
There was a mild tornado, or maybe a big wind shear when I was about 5. We went into the spider filled crawl-space. I remember the next door neighbor coming to check on us. I don't think my dad was home. He was probably at work. It messed up our garage and maybe some shingles, but there was no major damage.
21. Is there any particular music that when you hear it, sparks a childhood memory?
A lot of songs spark high school memories, but I guess the only one from my childhood was Big Bad John. I remember they played the radio for me at bedtime and I'd lay there waiting to hear it.
22. What is something that an older family member taught you to do?
My dad taught me a lot of home handyman skills. My mom tried to teach me to cook. Both parents taught me how to crochet and do embroidery. I still have afghan's that we crocheted and a tablecloth that we embroidered.
23. What are brands that you remember from when you were a kid?
I remember a lot of brands that are still around. I googled some of the brands that are gone that I now remember. Kenner toys, TWA, Woolworth, Polaroid, Texaco, Zenith, Blockbuster Video.
24. Did you used to collect anything? (ie. rocks, shells, stickers ... etc.)
I had a penny collection. It's still around on a shelf. Last time I looked there was nothing of any monetary value.
25. Share your favourite childhood memory.
I wouldn't have said it at the time, but working on home improvement projects with my dad.
26. I'll add this one. What was your first car?
I got to drive a Plymouth Valiant, I think it was a 1963. It started out life blue, but ended up being repaint beige. I drove it in high school and college. Good car.
Part 3: Conducting Family Interviews
Fortunately I have been doing this for years, and have my notes. Very little of my family is left. So I will refer to my notes when I enter this data in my database the next time.
Part 1: Setting Research Goals
I am having a tough time with this one. I feel like my goals should include my research log, maybe using Evidentia, scanning and storing files, etc. The problem is, we are not that far along in the Do-Over for me to have decided about those details. So for this week I will start a new database, and enter my data for myself, my ex, and my son. If I have time, I will also work on my parents and my in-laws.
Thomas had asked "What resource do you use for a family group sheet?" I feel my genealogy program, RootsMagic, does a fine job, so I use it. I feel no need to reinvent the wheel.