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...

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?”

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 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.

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.

Share YOUR Life Stories on Grandparent’s Day

As family history writers, we spend hours researching and re-researching online databases and digital archives to locate every last detail about the lives of our ancestors. Our goal is to write the...

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...

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.

Recommended Reading to Inspire Aviation-Focused Family History Writing

To commemorate National Aviation Day this August 19th, we’ve listed and summarized several aviation-related biographies and histories that we found well-written and researched—just what you might...

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.

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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