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Recollections: Telling the family story

Recollections: A Personal Record

How would you like to be remembered? 

‘I remember, I remember…’  A frequent lament we hear from clients is that they never asked their relatives enough about the unique story of their lives. Everyone has a story to tell, but many stories go untold. And even with today’s multiple means of communicating, many of them never will be. However, simply asking a relative to write down their memories is sometimes asking too much.

Those of us lucky enough to have a Family Bible recording events in the family history know how precious the smallest fragments of information can be.

With this in mind, we have designed a special book, which after much deliberation we have entitled Recollections: A Personal Record.   The aim of the book is to help tease out unique family memories and record them in an enjoyable way.

Although aimed at those who have long lives to share, Recollections can be used by anyone who wishes to make a record of their own life.


Recollections is hardbound and easy to handle (22 x 22 cm) and to write in.  It contains 46 pages (many of them illustrated) with prompts for memories and information. There are two blank family trees, one for ‘Father’s Family History’ and one for ‘Mother’s. Other pages include obvious questions about names, dates and places. It covers ‘Historical Facts in my lifetime’ (with suggestions). Less obvious sections are ‘Significant Places’, ‘Work Stories’ and a phrase borrowed from seventeenth century inventories: ‘Things Lost and Forgotten’. There are spaces to paste in photographs. A final page asks ‘How would you like to be remembered’?

To order

The book can be ordered from our website for £20 in the UK including postage and packing. For overseas orders please email us at info@debrettancestry.co.uk for a price.

Family tree page

Family Tree pages

Childhood Memories pages

Childhood Memories pages