Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Your Memoirs Can Document Property Ownership

In your memoirs, trace the history of your real estate and other property.

I spent part of the July 4 weekend at a friend’s summer home on property that has been in his family for four generations—five generations if you count his grown children. There’s the original house, a second house built by a sibling of the original homeowner plus my friend’s house, built by his grandparents and still owned by his mother.

It seemed that everyone there was “a cousin.??? One of the cousins by marriage gave me the rundown on the ownership of each house and how the descendants are all related. It was really interesting. I saw that this summer property by a beautiful lake offered a way to keep family together. Even the fifth-generation cousins knew each other—and I suspect the little kids in attendance might have been sixth generation. Are you acquainted with cousins who are that far “removed????

I wonder how many details of the ownership and activities that went on there for more than a century are forgotten by now. Even my own house was built in 1929 and had at least three owners before we bought it. I know a little about them, but some research could turn up interesting particulars. In your memoir, you might want to trace factual details like the lineage of property ownership. You may not think it’s that interesting to the reader or pertinent to your life, but your memoir provides a written record of information that otherwise may be forever lost to the ages.

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