Share and Preserve a Lifetime of Memories with This Fun-to-Fill-Out, Downloadable, Fill-in-the-Blank Autobiographical Workbook!
It is ideal for writing an autobiography or for getting an aging parent or grandparent to open up and, finally, get those cherished family stories preserved for the ages.
This workbook will ask questions that will make you dig deep...
...and the responses that come about because of that digging, will generate the most valuable gift that you could ever give your kids and grandkids.
It will be the gift of knowing about your life, their family history and their heritage.
It is a PDF file and commonly referred to by many as an e-book. An e-book is simply a downloadable "book" and is read using the free Adobe Reader....something very easy to download and begin using, right away!
It's Like "Mining" Your Memories
Memorygrabber uses memory-stimulating questions, activities and exercises to "Mine Your Memories" and to help you recall events, people, places and more!
I think that you'll be surprised at all that you've forgotten over the years.
Of course, it will also help you organize and preserve the memories that you still cherish and have on the forefront of your memory.
Some Will Leave Only A Mere Obituary...How Sad!
Your story and life experiences are, by far, more valuable than anything else that you will leave your kids and grandkids.
Memorygrabber's powerful memory triggers will help you preserve hundreds of things that your kids and grandkids will want to know about your life someday...
.... but won't think to ask until it's too late!
“There is nothing more you can do to turn your children’s hearts closer to yours than by keeping a journal and writing your personal history. Your children will ultimately love to know about your successes, your failures and your peculiarities.
It will tell them a lot about themselves, too!” ~Hartman Rector, Jr
For You...This Book Will Be a Wonderful Trip Down Memory Lane ... For Your Kids, it Will Be a Life Changer!
She was always good about keeping a journal about her life, but these journal excerpts were those kept by her parents, grandparents, great grandparents and then even her great-great grandfather.
She'd usually included only about 20-30 pages each year.
The oldest journal/life history that she has in her possession is that of her great-great grandfather John Murdock. He was born in the 1790s.
On Christmas afternoons, during my later teen years, you would have found me with my nose stuck in those pages.
I can't even remember what my actual gifts were....maybe a new shirt or pair of pants...
...but all I really remember now are the stories contained in those journals and writings.
These kind of things have real value and they are still a treasure to me and my family today!
Everyone has a story to tell and every family deserves to know a little about from whom they descend.
My hope is that this workbook, after the many hours that I've put into
it, will inspire you and help you to tell the story of your life ....a story
that no one else in the entire world is more qualified to tell than you!
People Love to Tell Stories, but...
I've met people who have told me stories of fascinating things that they've done and exciting places that they traveled to.
These were stories that really gave me an insight as to who that person was and what made them the person that they presently were.
Even though I usually knew the answer before asking it...I would ask them:
"Have you written any of those stories down for you kids"?
Most of the time I would get a response like this...
...and so on and so on!
One thing I can tell you, for sure, is that when my ancestor John Murdock wrote what he did, he didn't have the benefit of spell check like we do today! And yes, sometimes that fact is obvious in his writing.
But who really cares. I'm very glad that that didn't stop him from writing what he did.
Something Left is Better Than Nothing ... Don't Leave Your Kids Empty-Handed
After realizing that the above was common of most people, I began thinking of how I could help people overcome the concerns they typically would have about writing their autobiography or lifestory.
I just wanted them to actually get started and, in the end, have something in hand...that could be passed on to posterity!
Anything is better than nothing!
I had always been a fan of memory prompt books that I'd find in bookstores. These books had some questions followed with lots of space for you to write in the answer to each question.
Eventually they'd get a little boring, so I set out to improve upon those and to come up with a "Mega" memory prompt book!
Memorygrabber is the result of that work!
I have seen different books in the libraries, but never one that is this easy and is capable of sparking so many memories that otherwise you never would think of!
...to come up with such an incredible how-to book is amazing!"
Yvonne Johnson, MemoryGrabber User, Pennsylvania, USA
Key Parts of The Downloadable Memorygrabber Workbook
1. Complete the Sentence Exercises
"My earliest recollection of my father is...." or "The oldest relative that I can remember, as a child, was..." are examples of completing the sentence excercises that you will find in the Memorygrabber workbook.
These questions are simple yet powerful.
It is easier because it takes the pressure off of having to decide what to write about and it doesn't require great spelling and grammar skills.
It will lead you from topic to topic, one page
Use locations from your past such as your childhood home, newlywed home, your first grade classroom or your old neighborhood to recall memories!
Focusing all of your attention on a specific location from your past, you will sketch out all that you remember about minute details of that location
In the instance of a childhood home...point out details like:
Treat it as if you were giving someone a tour of places from your past.
Trust me, the memories will come flooding back! A copy of Memorygrabber
will give you many more location ideas
A lot can be said with a simple yes or no answer. Then stories about why you are the way that you are can be shared.
There are 7 pages of yes or no questions in Memorygrabber.
One of the best ways to start telling about your life, is by building a timeline of your life
Given a certain year and your age during that year will be the basis for matching life events with spots on the timeline
You start out by putting major life events and milestones onto the timeline first. Examples may include ...
...your birth, birth of siblings, marriage, births of your children, anniversaries, job changes, started school and more.
Memorygrabber provides a simple timeline format that covers up to 105 years
This will save you time and give you an unending number of things to journal
or write about on a daily/regular basis
A constantly updated list of software downloads to help organize family
photos, videos and more. Plus links to my favorite "memory lane" sites to spark your memories
List all kinds of things from your favorite ways to relax on a lazy Sunday afternoon to first-time experiences such as your first kiss and your first airplane ride!
Other lists include
The real "GOLD", of course, lies in the stories that these lists will trigger!
A "Snapshot" of Your Entire Life
Your past is important, but that is only one part of the "total package" that Memorygrabber seeks to help you capture!
There are other areas that complete the story of your life!
A completed Memorygrabber workbook will help you make a very clear statement of:
The Power of the Human Mind to Recall!
This kind of thing really amazes me!
All the data in your memory banks could probably fill an entire library!
Seriously, if you were to have everything that is stored in
your memory put down on paper, including everything you've learned, heard, seen, done, experienced etc ...
you'd have a whole library on your hands.
"When an elder dies, it is the same as if an entire library burned to the ground" ~ African Saying
I think it amazing how a mere mention of a name from your past, a sudden scent of perfume or a glance at a photo you hadn't seen for many years can suddenly trigger a dormant memory from a long time ago!
How does the the human mind do that?
Would that memory have ever resurfaced if not for the outside stimulation?
I can't say for sure, but I do know that our memories sometimes need a catalyst or a spark....a trigger!
Memorygrabber provides that spark and it will be the catalyst for you to go in and "Mine or Memories."
How to Use Memorygrabber
There are several ways that people use
the Memorygrabber workbook...
1. Simply download and use the memory triggers, prompts and ideas for any other project such as writing your autobiography, scrapbooking ideas, journal writing, or for a biography project in school
2. Print out the pages, place them into a 3-ring binder of your choosing, then write in your answers and responses by hand. A very suped-up journal and/or autobiography template, if you will
3. If you keep a journal, Memorygrabber will help you take your journal writing to another level with hundreds of new ideas for journaling topics. Here's my top recommendation for journal software. A special add-on module of Memorygrabber has been added to journal software, making it easy to expound on your stories, add photos etc.
4. Use Memorygrabber for ideas and topics to include in an oral history
5. Get a copy into the hands of an aging parent or grandparent and see what kind of conversation ensues. It will be fun and will become some of the most precious time you've ever spent together.
How to Use Memorygrabber with FoxIt PDF Reader. Cool!
Is Memorygrabber Software?
No, Memorygrabber is an e-book published in a PDF format. It is viewed by using a PDF reader such as the Adobe Reader.
The Foxit PDF Reader adds the ability to type your answers and responses
right into the PDF file. Yes, it is now possible. This is relatively
What Others Are Saying About Memorygrabber
Memorygrabber is being used in homes and schools around the world, from New Zealand to Ireland.
Over the years, it has also been used in professional capacities:
I am a graduate student at the University of Central Oklahoma, working to complete my Master’s of Gerontology.
For my final project I am designing a life history program to be conducted, by myself, at our local senior center.
Your passion is evident in your product. Thank you for allowing it to be a part of my program.
I reviewed the entire Memorygrabber again today and I'm amazed by all you've included!
Jennifer Nance, February 2007
... And Still Others Had This to Say About Memorygrabber
I really appreciated that you got back with me on how to type out my lifebook. It was well done by you and I even watched the video and it was pretty straight forward.
I am looking forward to working on this long project and I am looking forward to finishing it to share it with the family.
I come from a family of 7. I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters. They are all married and all have kids.
I am very excited to learn more about my parents and learning more about the past events in my life.
I have 14 nieces and nephews and I am glad that I will be able to share my life experiences with them as they get older.
Memorygrabber has just been one of the best things that I have ever come across!!!Thank you so much for your support and efforts to make my lifestory a success!!
Take care and I will keep you updated on my progress.
"There's no excuse now for ANYONE to say their life story can't be written. You've eliminated all the excuses."
"After buying your first Memorygrabber, I wrote an 85 page story of my life, my 75 years."
"After going through your new (version), I know I can and will fill in at least another 100 pages."
-- Bill Parks, Texas
"Michael, We are working on a new program and we will be doing life reviews on all of patients. From all of us at Sol Amor Hospice we just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!! We ... love the (downloaded) book (Memorygrabber) and our patients will too!"
Life Care Coordinator, BSW
Sol Amor HospiceTulsa, Ok
Thank you for having the wonderful idea for all the work that you have done. I don't know much about my family and I have struggled with that my entire life. Now that I am 35, I am just starting to ask questions. However, it's too late to ask my grandparents. My parents never asked either. So it's hard to find out information. I want my children to know as much as they possibly can. I have been searching for distant relatives that may have known my direct ancestors to tell me any stories to add to my family book.
Thank you again and keep up the great work. - Cecelia A.
"Thank you so much for this program. I'm going to use, use and use this! You are an angel!" - Frances S, MemoryGrabber owner
"I have seen different books in the libraries, but never one that is this easy and is capable of sparking so many memories that otherwise you never would think of...to come up with such an incredible how-to book is amazing!"
Yvonne Johnson, MemoryGrabber User, Pennsylvania, USA
"I've always wanted to do this (write my life story), but was overwhelmed and didn't know how to start." -- Ola Norman, MemoryGrabber User, North Carolina USA
"It's well organized, colorful and fun to do...a great combination! It makes writing family history user-friendly." -- Margaret Knorr, Kaleidoscope Journal
I just wanted to let you know instead of taking my Sunday nap today, I opened up the Memory Grabber and spent over an hour filling in blanks about my life. Wow, that get's addicting, but fun!
-- Crissy Butts, alaskansplendor.com, Alaska USA
"The task just seemed far too overwhelming before. Now I seem to have more of a direction and also I am more easily focused (with MemoryGrabber)"
-- Eliza, MemoryGrabber owner, Florida USA
Your Memorygrabber is awesome...this is just what I needed to do a speech about my life!
--Paulene L, Bahamas
"I would strongly recommend (Memorygrabber). It really is the most useful tool I've come across.
There are some really neat links, too, for remembering stuff in certain decades, fads, styles, etc. Made my head spin!"
Shani, Memorygrabber user, Florida USA
Removing All The Excuses!
Do you believe any of these excuses?
Memorygrabber takes this one away because it is, in large part, a fill-in-the-blank workbook. There are parts that are just like filling out a job application. Anyone can fill out an application, right?
From there add one or two sentences to convey an experience or a memory. Some of the workbook is as
easy as answering yes or no! Write as little or as much as you wish. Something is better than nothing!
This one has been covered on this page already, but if you still believe this, do it anyway and let your
kids and grandkids make that decision. I think you'll find that they'll disagree with you!
If you still believe this after giving Memorygrabber a legitimate try, contact me and I'll refund your
money...but I'll be shaking my head in disbelief!
Pick any of the 321 pages that interests you the most...just get started
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