Discovering the Stories in Your Family Artifacts

As family history writers, many of us research the origin of our artifacts and collect the “hard facts” about them, but what we really want to uncover are the meanings and stories our ancestors associated with them.

Capturing a Family Member’s Essence

If you want your readers to feel the family members you’re writing about, facts are not enough. To capture your family members’ essence, you’ll want to invoke your creative mind through specific, concrete imagery.

Writing Descriptive Vignettes Featuring Family Artifacts

In a past post, we presented writing about family artifacts as a “way in” to your family history. Curiosity about your family heirlooms as well as your ancestors’ everyday objects can lead you to a...

Writing a Family History Biographical Essay, Part 2

Once you have a concept or main idea in mind for your biographical essay, you’ll want to consider whether you have the knowledge and resources needed to write your piece. Begin by listing what you know about your subject and what you need to know before you start planning and writing.

Finding The Time To Record Family History

Who Has Time To Record Family History?Few of us believe we have time to record family history. Between family, school, work, and social obligations, and doctor, dentist, stylists, and auto shop...

5 Ways to Celebrate National Aviation Day with Family History

This August 19th, the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday, is National Aviation Day, a holiday established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to commemorate the development of...

Writing Irish Family History with a Little Luck

Are you writing about your Irish ancestors? Then you're in luck. There's been an enormous increase in the number of Irish records available online this past year. Recent Finds At the RootsTech...

Vintage-themed Bridal Events: Perfect Venues for Your Family Artifacts

  If you have a wedding coming up in your family circle, consider including family artifacts in the décor. Incorporating your treasured family heirlooms into a bridal shower or wedding creates...

Write Your Family History to Life: Creating an Everyday Life World

If you can visualize, smell, hear, taste, and feel your ancestor’s everyday life world, you can recreate it in your readers’ imaginations.

Write Your Family History to Life: Choosing a Topic

Your first step in writing your family history is selecting a topic. This takes a review of your family history documents and artifacts as well as often told (or never told!) stories. Follow up by asking, “What’s here? What’s missing?”

Exploring Family History Through the Stories of Those Who Lived It

& the Artifacts They Left Behind

Exploring Family History

Through the Stories of Those Who Lived It

& the Artifacts They Left Behind

Do you have the nagging sense there is more to tell about the people, artifacts, and stories behind your family history? Something beyond names and dates?

If you’re like us, you want to dig deeper. You want to know your ancestors as people, and you want the next generation to know us as living, breathing people. You want to write like a storyteller to uncover the story behind the names and fading photographs.

Our site is dedicated to offering strategies for writing about the past and present in ways that will interest, and maybe even captivate, current and future readers.

Finding The Time To Record Family History

Who Has Time To Record Family History?Few of us believe we have time to record family history. Between family, school, work, and social obligations, and doctor, dentist, stylists, and auto shop appointments—how can we squeeze it in?I once thought I’d have nothing but...

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Exploring Family History and Its Ever-Changing Perspectives

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Do you have the nagging sense there is more to tell about the people, artifacts, and stories behind your family history? Something beyond names and dates?

If you’re like us, you want to dig deeper. You want to know your ancestors as people, and you want the next generation to know us as living, breathing people. You want to write like a storyteller to uncover the story behind the names and fading photographs.

Our site is dedicated to offering strategies for writing about the past and present in ways that will interest, and maybe even captivate, current and future readers.

 

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