Book Review: Story of My Life

The following book review was written by Bobbi King:

story-of-my-life-a-workbook-for-preserving-your-legacy-by-sunny-jane-mortonStory of My Life
A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy
By Sunny Jane Morton. Family Tree Books. 2016. 191 pages.
This volume is an updated version of Ms. Morton’s My Life & Times published in 2011.

Story of My Life is titled as a workbook, and a workbook it is. I can see this as a group project. I’ve noticed that when my mother came with me on research visits to far-flung, long-ago-visited relatives, her memories stimulated their memories, and their memories stimulated her memories, and the stories poured out. The holidays are coming up, and these workbooks could offer opportunities to kindle some very good family information. Each workbook is for one person, but everyone can write in their respective books, and you can record the final results for your genealogy records.

Each of the ten sections has a brief introduction, but the workbook is comprised most of blank, lined pages, plenty of space for writing.

The first personal section gathers statistical facts. But the next sections move on to stories from childhood, high school, your professional life, stories about your family, and reflections on your personal life and values.

Chapter nine offers hints and suggestions about the artifacts in our lives: how to preserve them, where to store them, where to find them, what’s worth keeping (always a protracted dilemma!).

Each chapter comes up with Why-Didn’t-I-Think-Of-That! ideas of discovery and preservation. Facts, memories, stories, artifacts, so many things that escape our attention on a daily basis.

Ms. Morton reminds us of the important things and how to collect them. And keep track of them. And record them.

Just as our forefathers and foremothers left writings for us to read.

Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy by Sunny Jane Morton is available from the publisher, Family Tree Books, at as well as from at

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