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Memories section of profiles

Every person's profile on WikiTree has a "Memories" section for personal reminiscences and stories you were told about the person. This is an opportunity to make a person more than just a name on a family tree.

Here's how they are different from the other Page Sections|sections of a profile:

  1. They are not wiki. They are meant to be first-person — written by you and not edited by others.
  2. They are private on all private profiles, including profiles that are Private with a Public Biography.
  3. They are tracked separately in activity feeds. Since they will be reported as memories, they may pique the interest of non-genealogist family members to click over and see what you have written.

Memory-inspiring suggestions

Here are some suggestions of things you can share in the memory section.

For an ancestor's profile

  • If this was a "brickwall" ancestor describe your process of discovery.
  • How did it feel when you first discovered this person?
  • What about their life inspires you or makes you proud?
  • Describe your feelings in visiting where they lived or when you visited their grave.

For a parent's profile

  • Were you told the story of how your parents met?
  • What was your favorite dish that your mother cooked?
  • What do you remember about your mother or father's job?
  • What wisdom did they share that has stuck with you?
  • What stories about your parents do you remember?

For a sibling's profile

  • Describe something you and your siblings did that would horrify your mother.
  • What qualities in them do you admire?
  • What's the first thing you think of when you think about growing up with them?

For a child's profile

  • Were you there when they were born? What do you remember about the day?
  • Describe something a child did that made you laugh. Is there something that was not funny at the time, but you can laugh about now?
  • What have they done that makes you proud?

For a spouse's profile

  • How did you meet your spouse/significant other?
  • What are/were your favorite activities together?
  • What were the greatest challenges you faced together?

For other relatives' profiles

  • Do you remember meeting the person for the first time?
  • Did they ever tell you a funny story?
  • What relative that has passed away would you most like to see again? What would you say to them or ask them? Put this memory on their profile.
  • What was the last family event you attended? Who was there? Put memories from the event on different people's profiles.
  • Did anyone in your immediate family ever serve in the military? Who and what branch? Add what you remember to their profile.

For your own profile

  • Where were you and what were you doing on September 11, 2001?
  • What kind of car do you drive? Who taught you to drive? (This memory might go on their profile.)
  • Name one thing you would try to do if you were president.
  • Name two places in the world you would like to visit and why.
  • What is the worst meal you have ever made?
  • How many town, cities or states have you lived in? See how many you can list.
  • Do you remember your first phone number? What was it?
  • Describe something you did that would horrify your kids.
  • Have you ever met anyone famous? Who, where and when?
  • Do you have a favorite book?
  • Do you have a favorite movie?
  • Name an organization you're a member of, such as a church, union, book club, social club, FBI's Most Wanted List.
  • What advice do you give your kids that you feel is most important?


See also: Biographies.



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