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Writing A Personal Life History

  1. I was born (full name at birth) at (time of day) on (date) at (place).
  2. My parents had lived in (place) for (many years/few weeks).
  3. My parents were (father's full name and mother's full maiden name).
  4. I had/did not have brothers and sisters. Their names were ... (Include information about any who died/stillborn.)
  5. My earliest memory was when I was ... years old. I was at (place) and remember ...
  6. My favourite things to eat were ...
  7. My favourite time of year was ...
  8. I loved Christmas because ...
  9. I looked forward to my birthdays because ...
  10. My favourite relatives were ... We saw them at (place/time).
  11. When I was a child, the clothes I wore were like ...
  12. In summer we wore ...
  13. In winter we wore ...
  14. At school we wore ...
  15. My first school was (name) where I attended from (year) to (year).
  16. Then I went to another school (name) where I attended from (year) to (year).
  17. My friends were named ...
  18. The games I liked best were ... and ...
  19. The lessons I liked best were ... and ...
  20. The lessons I did not like were ... and ...
  21. My father's work was ...
  22. My mother (stayed home with children/worked full-time/part-time).
  23. When I was ... years old I joined Cubs/Brownies, Scouts/Guides, youth club, etc.
  24. I especially enjoyed ...
  25. When I was ... years old I had piano/violin/singing/recorder lessons.
  26. I liked/did not like to practise each day.
  27. I was/not in the school band.
  28. I was/not in a team at school for sports.
  29. We did/did not go to church. (Name church.)
  30. We wore special 'Sunday best' clothes/had to sit still, won prizes for attendance etc.
  31. We had special church outings to (place).
  32. We went on holiday in the summer to (place).
  33. We travelled by train/car/bus.
  34. I loved the summer holidays because we did ...
  35. At home we had to help around the house/garden with ...
  36. In the school holidays we had extra work to do/not ...
  37. At home we had/not pets which were ...
  38. My parents had old car/new car/no car.
  39. I left school when I was ... years old and went to work at ...
  40. Describe kind of work, training, hours, pay, people, likes/dislikes.
  41. I served/not a mission.
  42. I served/not in the armed forces.
  43. Boyfriends/girlfriends/courting days.
  44. Engagement
  45. Marriage and family.

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