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childhood memories

Childhood memories: capturing them is easier than you think.



Get serious about writing down your childhood memories by using these 22 helpful memory prompts.


childhood memoriesMany of us have a goal to write down events and memories from our childhood. We’ll get around to it eventually, we tell ourselves. Someday when we have more time we’ll start from the beginning. We all know how this goes, we never get started.

The exercise of writing down our childhood memories can not only be very valuable to our descendants, but can be a rewarding exercise for us in the process. Focusing on and writing down these memories can bring back long-forgotten thoughts about who we were and what we felt in the past.

Most people spend very little time thinking about their childhood and face writers block when trying to begin. A good way to get started on the writing process is to answer a series of questions designed to jog your memory about specific times, places, events, etc.. These questions act as memory prompts and can bring back memories that you haven’t considered for years.

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inmate records

Prison Inmate Records Are Now Online

Pick the lock on your incarcerated ancestors using prison and inmate records available through extensive online databases.

inmate recordsOn September 27, 1864 notorious outlaw Jessie James and his gang attacked a train in Missouri and over 100 hundred people were killed. Most of us can’t trace our roots back to an ancestor as infamous as Jessie James, but our ancestors may have been convicted and imprisoned for a myriad of lesser reasons just the same. If there is a black sheep in your family tree there are many online sources for delving into your ancestors’ criminal past.

If you have a skeleton in your family closet, digging it up might not be as difficult as you think. Prison and inmate databases from state and federal penitentiaries and prisons, state archives or repositories can be found online. These databases offer a great deal of information and often include details of the crime committed and information such as place of birth and year. Sometimes there are even mug shots or other historical notes.

Other records and information can be found by delving into county court records, historical newspapers, state archives, jail logs, State or Attorney General records and more.

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