Genealogy.com
Starting Sept. 30, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will no longer be available, including member subscriptions and the Shop.
 
Learn more
New? Start Here
Genealogy How-To
 Getting Started
 Getting Organized
 Developing Your Research Skills
 Sharing Your Family's Story
 Reference Guide
 Biography Assistant
Free Genealogy Classes
 Beginning Genealogy
 Internet Genealogy
 Tracing Immigrant Origins
Search

Family Finder
First Name:
Middle:
Last:
 



Marriage

Below is a list of Writing Ideas to help you with your biography. See our instructions if you need help printing these Writing Ideas or finding Writing Ideas related to other Topics.

  1. How and where did he meet his spouse? Describe the situation. Did he know that this was the person he would marry?

  2. Describe his engagement. Who proposed? Was it traditional? Was the proposal a surprise or was it expected? What was their reaction?

  3. Did his parents approve of their engagement? Why or why not? What effect did it have on him and his sweetheart? Did his parents' opinion change after the wedding?

  4. How long was his engagement? Did it seem to last forever or did time just fly by?

  5. What was their wedding like? Did they have a large ceremony, a small ceremony, or did they elope? Was it a religious ceremony? Where was the ceremony held? In a church, garden, or home? Did anything out of the ordinary happen during the ceremony? What was it?

  6. Who attended the wedding? Were their family and friends present? Did anyone participate in the ceremony? How did they choose them? Did they have a flower girl or a ring bearer? Who?

  7. Was the reception memorable? Was food served, or just cake? Was there dancing? How many people did they invite?

  8. Did they have any traditional customs or rituals at the reception? What?

  9. Did they go on a honeymoon? Where did they travel? Describe the vacation. What was most memorable?

  10. What expectations did they have regarding marriage? For example, did they think they wouldn't argue after they got married, because they never saw their parents argue? How did their expectations change as their marriage matured?

  11. Did they go into marriage thinking they could change something about the other? What were some of those things and how did it work out? Did they change or did they learn to live with each other?

  12. Did they go through any major adjustments when they were first married? How did they work through the issues of joint finances, housing, and living with another person?

  13. Describe the various stages of their marriage. Were there any high points that stand out? What about any low points? In what ways did their marriage grow stronger or weaker from these times?

  14. When did he first meet his in-laws? Were they accepting? Did they welcome him into the family? Describe the adjustment of entering into a new family. Was it easy or difficult?

  15. How did they spend their holidays? Did they trade off between families? Was their time divided equally?

  16. Did he feel he had to give up anything when he got married? His home, career, independence, or friends?

  17. What did he think he gained from getting married? A lifetime companion, more time with the one he loved, or financial security?

  18. Describe his spouse. Was his spouse romantic, considerate, or stubborn?

  19. What were the roles in their marriage? Was one person the breadwinner, the homemaker, or the decision-maker? Were the roles intertwined? Did they change over time? In what ways?

  20. What did they have in common? What were their differences? In what ways did they make them compatible and incompatible?

  21. What issues did they argue about when they were first married? Money, politics, child rearing, religion? As their marriage matured, did they argue about the same issues?

  22. If they never divorced, what was their secret? How were they able to stay together? What advice could they give to others?

  23. If he had it to do all over again, what changes would he make? Why?

[ Continue with This Topic | Next Topic/List of Topics ]

Home | Help | About Us | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2011 Ancestry.com