Childhood Memories Project – Gary Pennington

BC Genealogical Society member Gary Pennington’s Childhood Memories Project

Submitted by Gary.

For over twenty years I have been collecting stories from adults, particularly seniors, about their childhood play.  I have collected several thousand such stories from a number of countries around the world.  Most stories have been in written form collected on a questionnaire form that I developed over time.  I have used these stories in a number of conference presentations and some writings.  Currently I am developing a website to share findings and plan on writing a book, or books, for publication.

I am writing at this time to ask if you would consider contributing your childhood stories to our collection and possibly others in your family as well.

To this end, I have a copy of the Childhood Memories Questionnaire for your consideration. 

I would be delighted if a number of BCGS members would participate in this ambitious undertaking.

Editor’s note: For our readers’ convenience, a copy of the Childhood Memories Project questionnaire (.pdf) is here for you to download and print. If you would like a .docx copy, please contact

Read Gary’s article in “The British Columbia Genealogist”, March 2017, and this on-line article – “Childhood Memories Project launches at library.” Submitted by Sherryl Latimer, November 24, 2016, Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC:

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M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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