What does Remembrance Day mean to you?

Remembrance Day Poppies
Remembrance Day is a memorial day in which the Commonwealth nations remember and pay their respects to the brave men and women of the armed forces, who gave their lives in the line of duty. In most countries it takes place on 11th November, signifying the end of all hostilities in World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The red remembrance poppy has become the iconic emblem associated with Remembrance Day. The poppy came to be associated with this day due to the actions of a professor at the University of Georgia named Moina Michael, who penned the poem ‘We Read more


Is it time to research your family history? Has something come into the fore in recent times that’s made you decide the moment has come to embark on one of life's biggest projects that will mean so much - are you about to tackle researching your family history? If so, we have gathered 7 tips to help you on your researching way - it’s certainly going to be a journey of highs and lows, breakthroughs and lulls, but this is a commitment that will enable you to understand who you and your family really are. 1. Write it all down and begin to build your family tree  Start by writing information Read more


Your own Story Book – How does it work? In six simple steps, you can take part in creating your life story to save and share for generations to come. In this article learn more about Step 5. So the main body of work has been compiled and the content of your book is starting to resemble the finished piece. This is your chance to read the story thoroughly and comment on any aspects you may feel it need's be it a tweak or even a change of stance. The ‘comment on the draft’ stage allows you to, for the first time, read your ghostwriter’s work on your project. It’s going to be quite Read more

Unique gifting ideas for the Man Who Has Everything

This month at Story Terrace it’s all about unique gifting ideas for the man that has everything... So it’s that time of year again when everyone is thinking about purchasing unique Christmas gifts but surely it’s fun and rewarding delving into our pockets to buy for the one’s we love.  That is, when it’s easy and you know what somebody wants or needs! But what about that special man in your life who owns everything? Or that elusive man in the family who honestly never reveals what he wants - what on earth do you buy for him? From the team here at Story Terrace, here are some perfect Read more

Memories: the Importance of Sharing Them

Without our memories we risk a traceless presence.
Memories are the adhesive that fastens pictures to the walls of the rooms of our past. Over time the tenacity of the glue may start to wear, the frames may tilt and you see the images from a different angle; or they might drop off the wall completely. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard Memory is the lens through which we gaze into the future. Our past experiences, emotions, observations; our sense of identity ultimately shapes our future thoughts and actions. And they are constructed through the tinted viewfinder of our mental memoirs. Documenting Read more

Introduction Theme Family

In December we’re collecting some wonderful family stories for the theme ‘It’s all in the family.’ You can read about a family with a remarkable attitude towards life. We talk to an expert on genealogy, and meet a family with five living generations.

The Family Christmas Dinner

 The Family Christmas Dinner To get you in the mood for tonight, we’ve collected some quirky family pictures of Christmas dinners in the first half of the 20th century.       ____________  By Anne Brugts, content manager   About us: Story Terrace helps customers to capture personal stories in beautiful books alongside a professional writer. Our writers have a range of backgrounds and interests, sharing one passion: Portraying individuals through carefully crafted anecdotes and lively stories. For more information on having your stories Read more

The Angel, Mary and a Monkey

A fancy dress Christmas dinner The Christmas dinner. Iconic for happiness and the warmth of family gathering as well as unexpected turns and unusual company. We strolled the streets for the best Christmas dinner anecdotes and found Peter and Bruno with their biblical fancy dress dinner. ‘To me, Christmas is for family,’ Bruno starts. ‘But I’m from Brazil and since I live in the Netherlands, I don’t always get to join them for the holidays. That’s why last year, we decided to have Christmas dinner with friends.’ ‘All of our friends are artists,’ adds Peter. ‘We love Read more

Nine Kids Aboard a Camper Van

Nine Kids Aboard a Camper Van Life in the Paskowitz Surf Family By Anne Brugts, Content Manager, Story Terrace  Your family shapes the person you are. It influences the way you act, think and make your choices in life. Though some families have greater influence than others. Take families that are raised according to a powerful system of belief. Following his own doctrine of surfing, Dr Paskowitz raised his family to think, feel and act surfwise.  Dr Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz gave up his career as a doctor to live a life according to his beliefs. Using animal behaviour as the basis of his Read more

Using Kinship Terms

Kinship Terms When researching a family project there's always the struggle of figuring out how exactly to refer to a distant relative. Have you always wondered how you should refer to your grandfather's grandfather? Do you struggle to make out who someone is talking about if they're using the term 'first cousin once removed'? Check out this genealogy table to get all the answers! Hopefully now, the terms in your family tree make more sense. Especially if you've managed to trace further back than five generations like one of our customers. Sue Hodges was able to trace her genealogy Read more

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