Writing a Family History Biographical Essay, Part 1

Do you want to reveal your family member or ancestor as a unique human being rather than the sum of lifeless facts often found in family history biographical profiles? One way to write a family member or ancestor to life is to write a family history biographical essay.

Honoring Our Veterans and Finding Family Treasures in Unlikely Places

Honoring Our Veterans One means of honoring our veterans is documenting their service in ways that will engage their descendants' interest. So, with that in mind, I began writing a narrative of my...

Embracing the Romance in Your Family Tree

Doesn’t this photo and romantic note capture your imagination? The essence of youthful joy springs from the photo, but it is the simple note included in a letter that makes us really feel it....

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?”

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 a Family History Biographical Essay, Part 3

Once you have your subject, concept, resources, and research complete, it’s time to develop your writing plan. Jump into the planning whether you have all the content you need or not. Remember, writing is a messy process, and you will probably weave in and out of the steps we suggest many times as you develop and revise your work.

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 a...

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.

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.

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...

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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