Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Six-Word Biographies

I enjoy reading autobiographies, but only if they're really, really short. So The Six-Word Memoir Contest is just what I've been looking for.

Everyone has a story. Can you tell yours in six words? Sure you can. Enter The Six-Word Memoir Contest—and you could win an iPod Nano.

Send us your short, short life story using the form below and sign up for a cool, new free service from Twitter. Then you'll get to read one great six-word memoir every day, sent straight to your cell phone.
As genealogists, we might try applying this concept to our ancestors. Some examples:
  • "Kicked off Mayflower for counting cards."
  • "Eighteen children, none of them attractive."
  • "Thought he was a girl. Whoops!"
  • "Killed by Indians. Probably deserved it."
  • "Never could spell his name correctly."
  • "Lived a virtuous life until executed."
  • "Outlived three husbands. Was never convicted."
  • "Accidentally shot by brother. Seven times."
  • "Really, he was just following orders!"
  • "Was born, married, died. Nothing else."

Feel free to offer your own ancestor bios in a comment below.


He lived, he died, he gone.


Norman Seaver (1734-1787) of Westminster MA: Son, husband, father, carpenter, soldier, citizen.


Here's one for my own great-great-grandfather, Lemuel Dunham: "Gadabout, poet, but a lousy farmer."


My gg grandmother: twenty-five children, excessive laundry, thoroughly exhausted.

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