The first volume of A Tribute to the Past featured stories from Quesnel and area from the years 1808 to 1928 and was published in 1985. The Quesnel Wordspinners Group is working on a second volume that will cover 1929 to 2000 and is asking anyone interested in submitting their stories to get them in by Dec. 15. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel-area residents have until Dec. 15 to submit Tributes to the Past Vol. 2 stories

Columnist Ginnie Dunn Webb offers advice for people wanting to submit their stories

Ginnie Dunn Webb

Observer Contributor

For the many people who have said that they would write their family’s story to be added to the upcoming 2nd volume of A Tribute to the Past, here is a list of questions and ideas to follow to build your story in case you need help with the project.

There are many people who have stated a desire to write but haven’t for their own reasons. I hope you find this helpful.

Also, we have found it necessary to book a deadline for receiving stories so that we can move forward onto the next phase of the project. That deadline is Dec. 15, 2020. So please, everyone, get writing. Ask for help if you need it.

Outline of stories for A Tribute to the Past Volume 2:

Who was the first member of your family to arrive in the Cariboo? Name and birth dates for each person in the group. When and why did that person come here? Where did they come from? How did they travel to get here? What hardships did they encounter along the way? How did they feel about coming here? What was their previous life? What fears or hopes did they have about coming?

When they arrived, where did members attend school or go to work? What other jobs and/or education happened over the years? Who did they marry? If there were new generations being born into the family, tell their story.

Give an outline of each person as to what they did here? Socially? Or for fun? What was unique about the family or any of the individuals?

What events happened to anyone in the family that were outstanding? Happy ones? Sad ones? Hard ones? Try to tell a couple or more stories of actual interesting events.

How would other people in the area likely be reminded that they knew these people?

Did they live out their lives in this area? Where else did they go and why did they go?

Are they still alive here? Are they glad they came? What have they done in retirement years? When did they die? (If they did).

If you are stuck, ask for help. Ginnie can be contacted at 250-747-7479. The deadline for stories to be received is Dec. 15, 2020.

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