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It was a simple question. What could I do to mark the milestone of Moms 80th birthday? One night, it struck me. Im the writer and genealogist in the family, so it was only natural I should write a book on Moms life.

It was a simple question. What could I do to mark the milestone of Moms 80th birthday? One night, it struck me. Im the writer and genealogist in the family, so it was only natural I should write a book on Moms life. OK, not a detailed book. Three months is not enough time to do justice to her 80 trips around the sun. Still, I can write a shorter version, giving an over-all summary of her life. To provide details on certain life-changing events, I decided to present them in short stories. Of course, I cant stop there. Mom loves to read about her kids and grandkids, so I plan to add a page or two on each of them. I will include the details of their birth (date, place), who, when and where they married and their children. Interviewing Mom, I gathered stories about the day each of us were born. Logically, a persons life story isnt complete without telling about their parents and siblings. I decided to add a page on each of them, too. The genealogist in me can not leave out the basic details on Moms ancestors, so Im adding a few more pages. After two weeks of working on the project, I took a step back to get an overall view. To my surprise, this small project has turned into something larger than I had anticipated. In a way, this couldnt be helped. I have a large family. Adding up all of Moms immediate relatives, there are more than 60 people. Although I wish I had more time, I am determined to complete the book for Moms 80th birthday in January. Each day, I do a little bit, so the progress is in constantly motion. Ive already contacted my nine siblings to help with the project. They are contributing stories, information and photographs. The many points of view will create an interesting book. If you are about to embark on a similar project, think small. Trust me. It will grow larger than originally planned. Dont try to do more than you are physically able to do in the amount of time you have available. Even short works of genealogy are treasures. Dont be afraid to ask for help. Contact family members and see if they are willing to gather information, contact others or contribute in other ways. Although my book will be printed at home and bound at a copy centre, a book like this can be created several ways. If at all possible, the book should be typed. It makes it easier for others to read the information, particularly when it comes to unfamiliar names or places. The pages can be secured in a duotang or binder or processionally bound at a copy centre. Each book will cost between $3 and $5 depending on the size and type of binding. Use your imagination. Books can also be bound by hand-sewing or maybe a scrapbook is what you want. Researchers File Looking for information on the Mitchell family on the North Shore of Nova Scotia. All (or most) came from County Londonderry, Ireland. Contact: Dave Mitchell, email: mitch@pixie.co.za Editors Note Diana Lynn Tibert is a freelance writer living in Milford, N.S. Submit queries to: RR#1 Milford, Hants County, NS B0N 1Y0; email: tibert@ns.sympatico.ca

Geographic location: Milford, Ireland, Hants County

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