Question of the Week: If you wrote a novel about your family history, what would the title of it be?

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
I would name mine "The Executioner and The Witch"
great titles!

Wow, sounds intriguing!

My ancestor was involved in the execution of King Richard I. He fled to America to escape arrest by King Richard II. Here he met and married his wife. She was hung during the Salem Witch Trials. Hence, the title,  The Executioner and The Witch!
I found an even better "legacy" to leave in my email this morning. I am a Christian and I get inspirational stories that encourage my faith daily. Today's story was about leaving a legacy that lasts throughout generations. I thought to myself, "That is what I'd title my family novel or at least a sequel to it". "Legacies That Last" would be about stories and heirlooms that have been handed down to us from generation to generation.

How many of us have wanted to go back and ask questions of our ancestors of why they did this or that? Have you inherited a piece of jewelry or furniture and wonder what did this mean to them and what made them pass it on to family members through the years?

This Bible chapter i read today is an example of that very thing of how the Israelites left a legacy for their descendants. When they crossed the Jordan River, they picked up stones and took them with them. When they settled in the Promised land, they stacked the stones and left them there for future generations. They did this so that they and future generations would never forget the story of of how they came out of slavery in Egypt. Of course my story is more faith-based, but for this forum, it suffices to say that these "stones of rememberance" were for future generations to know their ancestors story as well.   

Isn't that what heirlooms are for? They are not just some old thing...The family bible with all those names and dates, is a treasure because its about the lives of people. Heirlooms are a part of their stories, their "stones of remembrance" and if taken care of, they are "Legacies That Last" for generations to come. And their stories should be recorded so that all may know their family and pass that on to future generations.

"Heaven Or Valhalla"

Dad was Welsh descended, Mom's family came from Norway.

EDIT: I've changed my mind. I'd call it

Since I am Half Scottish and half Irish (well not exactly) my Family Story would be

Cheap Drunks - When Celctic Cultures Merge on Canadian Shores
I'm pretty sure my neighbors heard me lol at that one. Clever!
Lost in America !

My family generally disappears after around 3 or4 generations ,  on my mom's side , so I think , Lost In America would be a good title for my family history.
My, How the times have changed.

66 Answers

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My Family and Other Animals.
by Frances Piercy-Reins G2G2 (3k points)
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I've already written it.   and called it "When the Kookaburra Laughs it is going to Rain"

That is saying that is often true.
by Linda Davison G2G3 (4k points)
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I've always thought about writing a book about my life/family called A Menagerie of Messes.
by Emma MacBeath G2G6 Pilot (658k points)
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"Just Plain Folks -- The Fowlers of Hightower, Alabama." We weren't royalty or famous but just good, hardworking folks, tilling the soil and harvesting our crops to feed ourselves and maybe a few more. But our story deserves to be told. We haven't reached the "root" Fowler yet --- the one who came on the boat --- but we're getting close. We've found at least one who fought in the Revolution. Our immigrant can't be far behind.
by Judy Kilgore G2G Crew (800 points)
Judy, Bravo! For you and for your 'salt of the Earth' family--we need more like that!!
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I recently wrote a first draft of a family history story for my beautiful 12 year old daughter. It was specifically for her (even though I have 12 grandchildren aged from 23 to 4 at the time) because she is the eldest daughter of her mother, who is the youngest daughter of mine. I am my mother Lennie's eldest and Lennie was her mother Mollie's youngest.

My grand mother Mollie was her mother Louisa's eldest daughter and Louisa the youngest of her mother Bridget's daughters.

Bridget was the first in our maternal line to live in the place where my grand daughter still lives. She was an assisted immigrant from Ireland.

My grand daughter's story was sub titled "We are our Mother's savage daughters"
by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Mach 2 (25.2k points)
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Who Are You, Really?

So many name changes and mysteries, adoptions, vanishing people...
by Jean Powell G2G Crew (320 points)
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That's a great question! Judging how large my tree is becoming from all the actors, kings/queens, doctors, etc I am discovering, my book name would probably be 'Here Comes the Campbell Clan - from Bayfield, ONT to The White House and Beyond'.
by Truly Campbell G2G Crew (560 points)
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I'd call it "The Potato Juggler" since potatoes seem to be a common theme in an extremely varied family history. On one side I have a lot of Irish ancestors who left Ireland because things were so bad after the potato famine. On the other side, there are children of the French aristocracy smuggled across the English Channel to escape 'the Terror'. I've always imagined them to have been hidden in baskets of potatoes.
by Nan Hewitt G2G3 (3.1k points)
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A book has been written about one branch of my family. It's called "The biscuit factory: stories of a Fremantle family". My great uncle was a baker and started a cake and biscuit factory in the late 1890s. Mills and Ware cakes and biscuits were a household name in Western Australia (and further afield) and the delicious aroma of baking could be smelt throughout a large part of the town. The business was eventually sold to a larger company and the factory premises converted to up-market residential - still known as Mills and Ware park.
by Nan Hewitt G2G3 (3.1k points)
Hi Nan, Very interesting. In my maternal line there is a cousin. Gail Borden, who invented condensed milk and was the founder of Borden's Milk in the 1800's. Ice cream and bisquits, and maybe a glass of milk, a good combination! Your story inspired me to look up Mr. Borden's company online and there is a picture of him; he looks remarkably like my grandfather Borden! The things you learn here!
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What a great question!      I'm going with   "Salt of the Earth".
by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (358k points)
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"A Real Canadian Mayflower Witch".
by Dawn Horn G2G1 (1.6k points)
Hi Dawn, your tittle hints at dark times! But interesting as well. Might be awfully hard to write but I'd like to read it if you do.
An alternate title would be "Blue Bread and Rancid Butter"!
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Women Hearty as Hell and Twice as strong.  Little boys of mischief and Men of service and innovation. There are some strong people in my family
by Karen King G2G Crew (360 points)
Hi Karen,  I like your tittle; I like stories about strong women and learning about my own ancestors makes me appreciate just how strong they (and the innovative men) were and had to be to survive. All of them, otherwise none of us would be here!  

Most of us are wusses by comparison! (Of course we have challenges too, only different.)

I would like to read your book about your strong women and their strong men. I hope you write it. We need reminding!
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" Faith of Our Fathers"

Because my 8th (?) maternal GGF Richard Borden c.1595, took the incredible decision to "Remove" himself, wife and young family from his apparently comfortable life in Kent, England, to the Great Unknown America, sometime before 1635. Following a brief dalliance with the Pilgrims in Massachusetts he returned to Rhode Island and established himself in politics, large land acquisition there and in New Jersey, and became a Quaker. Faith, and faith seem to have been his middle name, and thereafter his successive generations of offspring.

In 1997 my English  husband and I "removed" back to Kent, England (on a jumbo jet, not a rickety wooden boat) to within a few miles of Richard's birthplace, knowing nothing of my ancestry at the time or indeed until very recently! My given middle name is Borden, unusual for a female child, but a name I bear proudly!
by Elizabeth Clyne G2G1 (1.1k points)
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"Tale of the Mountains"
From the Harz mountains of Germany, mining coal and minerals---to "Short Mountain", and "Big Lick" mountains of PA.  The life in the mines, and the men who seldom see the sun.  The light of day mostly came from a lamp on one's head, and when the day was done by a candle or fireplace fire.
(figured tale of 2 mountians a bit much)
Hard life, and a dirty life, but for Great Great grandfather, the only life he knew.  Six days, 12 hours a day.  Sunday was truly a day of rest.

by Michael Schindler G2G6 (6.5k points)
edited by Michael Schindler
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‘The Nomads,’ as my family was prone to move at least once in a generation, prior to settling in Texas, USA
by Holly Vaughan G2G2 (2.4k points)
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It would be "How Far the Apple Actually Fell from the Tree"... I've begun writing the history of our family and while doing so this is what has continually come to mind wink

by D Eckard G2G Crew (730 points)
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Did I mention that our family has drama?
by Barry Fellner G2G Crew (510 points)
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"The House of Fire"
by Tracy Firebaugh G2G Crew (350 points)
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According to my newly found maternal younger half brother my birth mother's saying which would be the title of her book is "I Should Have Gone to the Movies thoughs Nights".
by James Brooks G2G6 Pilot (253k points)
Hi James, Hilarious tittle! Thanks for that!
Thank you, my adopted mother put the old curse on me. "You should have two like you. I have joyously passed it on to my two sons, the younger one 4.
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Since I'm Half Scottish and Half Irish I would have to say

How to Make a Cheap Drunk - When Celtic Cultures Merge
by Brian Nash G2G2 (2.5k points)
Brian,  I'll raise a toast to that....

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