Previously, I shared tips on how to turn your names, dates, and places into a story. Then I followed up the tips with the question "Did You Start?" my Facebook fan Sandra Smith answered that question with a yes!
Here is my first attempt, I am not a writer so grammar and all that is probably lacking:
On December 29, 1929 at 8:00 p.m., a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Smith, ages 33 and 30, at the Rockwood Clinic Hospital in Spokane with the assistance of Dr. Robert Stewart. The Parents, Frank and Viola Smith, named him Don Kennedy Smith. However, a few days later they decided to change his middle name to Francis. Don's father, Frank, was born in DeKalb, Illinois and was working as a mechanic at Riegel Bros. Dodge. His mother, Viola, was born in Winona, Minnesota. They lived at 3120 W. Providence Avenue in Spokane.Sandra wrote her first story for Don Francis Smith following the tips in the post "Writing a Simple Birth Story."
She wrote a simple sentence. Then she expanded the sentence to include Don's parents.
Then she discussed the child's birth name and how it changed. This is invaluable! Can you imagine the frustration of looking for records for a Don Kennedy and stumbling across Don Francis? By recording the name change, we know the name change was caused by the parents a few days after the birth.
After she wrote her first story, she wrote another one.
Frank P. Smith was born Francis Percival Smith on December 17, 1897 in Dekalb, Illinois to 22 year old Joseph Clinton Smith and 25 year old Josephine "Josie" Evaline Payton. Joseph was born in Maroa, Illinois while Josie was born in Onarga, Iroquois, Illinois. They had been married 4 years prior to their son's birth. Frank would be the couple's second child for 3 years before his sister Mary "Marie" was born.Notice how Sandra included the siblings in Francis' family at the time of birth and how many years would pass before another child was born. These details fire up the giddy juices inside me.
After writing two stories, Sandra wrote this, "I used your example. I am on a roll. This is so easy for non-writers like me."
That is music to my ears! Congratulations Sandra. You're off to a great start.
|My littlest guy gives Sandra 2 thumbs up!|
Start writing your family stories.Then share with us your first attempts in the comments section below or at the A Patient Genealogy Facebook Fan Page.
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