Month: November 2017

5 Cool Sites For Spicing Up Your Family History
Writing Family History

5 Cool Sites For Spicing Up Your Family History

Stop writing a boring family history. Stop. Stop it right now! There is no need to have a dry, dull family history when these five websites can help you imagine the time and place where your ancestor lived. These resources are primarily for the United States ancestor, but if you have some fantastic international resources, […]

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Writing Family History
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Ignore Your Audience When Writing Your Family History First Draft

Numerous writing tips videos tell you to write for a particular audience. When you’re writing a fictional book or blog post or a non-fiction how-to book, knowing who your audience helps you tailor your language to them. However, in the first step of writing a memoir or a family history narrative, it’s the worst advice. […]

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A Recipe Saved From the Grave #FHForChildren Blog Link-Up

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and traditions abound, but for a gal without family traditions regarding Turkey, what foods bring me closer to the past? That’s the question I ask myself as I think about the Family History for Children Blog Link-Up for November: Family Recipes The questions prompt: “How do family recipes bring your family […]

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Busy Lives
Genealogy 201

15-Minute Genealogy Tasks for the Busy Seasons

It’s that time of year when people are B–U-S-Y. It’s also the time of year when you’re trying to make good on old resolutions or plan for new ones. Below I’m sharing a list of tasks you can do in 15 minutes or less that will have you finding time for genealogy during your hectic […]

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Learn why RootsMagic can help you organize your genealogy research question. #RootsMagic #genealogy #methodology
Genealogy 201
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What’s your genealogy problem? Let RootsMagic help you find it

Genealogy problems lurk on family trees but RootsMagic has a cool tool that enables us to find them quickly. I imagine the genealogy problems like the three little monkeys. But, far too many GEDCOM files (and our own databases) are rife with errors and if we ignore them, we’re like another animal. One with feathers, […]

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Writing Family History

How to Write About a Missing Father

When writing about an ancestor, we start by including their parents. Unfortunately, parentage is not as simple as you provided the biological ingredients to create life. When attempting to record ‘who’s the daddy’ of your ancestor, who should you include? Being a family history writing educator is such a blessing. The question student present is […]

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How to write about boring ancestors in you family tree
Writing Family History

How to Write About a Boring Ancestor?

Robbers, adulterers, colorful characters and glorious heroes are among the most interesting people in many family trees. Some of us are descended from great wealth or suffered extreme circumstances. And then, there are the farmers, bakers, milkmen, and day laborers. They lived. They begat children. They died. And there isn’t much in between. Or is […]

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Which Writing Voice
Writing Family History

What Voice Should I Use When I Write Family Histories?

Viewer Question: Which voice should I use when I write my family history? I want to share my family history, but I also want to write a commentary on that family history. Should I write solidly in the third person or should I switch between first-person and third-person? What a GREAT question for a family […]

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RootsTech2018

And the RootsTech Giveaway Winner Is…

Thank you to all those who participated in the RootsTech 2018 Giveaway. Congratulations to: There are still other opportunities to win your way to RootsTech. Check out my friend Melissa Finlay’s giveaway at Boundless Genealogy. Entries will be accepted from October 27, 2017 to November 10, 2017. For other giveaways, visit Conference Keeper’s Giveaway Guide. […]

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Five Ways to Combine Family History in School – Family History Month

For many youth, school is exciting on the first day and the last. There is a long gap between these two exiting points in education. Why not make school, be it public, private, or home school, more interesting by adding genealogy into the mix. But not use the boring term “-ology” term, use Family History […]

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