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.

Write Your Family History to Life: Choosing a Genre to Frame Your Topic

Once you’ve selected a topic, you’re ready to choose a genre to frame it. Simply put, a genre is a format or type of writing. We suggest first adopting creative nonfiction as your overarching genre. Then, with creative nonfiction as your guiding genre, select the creative genre that will best serve your purpose and engage your reader.

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 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.

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...

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 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.

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....

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...

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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