I was working on my Associate of Arts degree in court reporting. One of the requirements was a history class. Our teacher gave us the assignment to write down what we know about our family history and turn it in.
I was fortunate that my older brother had received and we still had handwritten pages written by our Grandma Railsback of the Palmer and Railsback genealogy as she knew it. She did get my dad's eye color wrong, I believe, but that's understandable I guess when you have 13 children and miscarriages and stillbirths too!