Filed under Family History

A Family Story in a Letter to an Audiologist

I’ve been cleaning out my mother’s papers since she passed away in February 2012.  She had four file cabinets plus several bookcases that were dedicated to her interests and correspondence.  She wrote letters for political causes at the national, state, and local level, collected news articles of interest, and compiled vast research in a number … Continue reading

Memoir Research: Timeline Uncertainty Clarified by a Childhood Drawing

I posted a story in April about my father witnessing Igor Sikorsky’s first helicopter flight.  https://kelleytjansson.com/2013/04/18/non-fiction-writing-getting-the-details-right/   My father was only a kid when he witnessed the historic flight.  The problem was that he did not remember the date correctly.  Fortunately, history recorded the event and I was able to confirm the date via normal research. … Continue reading

You just have to Laugh About the Pig!

You just have to Laugh About the Pig!

Do you have memoirs on your bookshelves?  A friend (thanks Bobbi!) handed me three memoirs from her collection a few weeks ago.  Two of them had “national bestseller” scrawled across the top.  The other looked like a lesser-known volume, titled Me, Melvin ‘N Andy by Andy Anderson.  My friend had picked the book up during … Continue reading