Personal History

Personal History

Stop Thinking Nobody Cares About Your Family History

There is an internet meme that says, “Nobody cares about your story until you win.” The advice then is to go win. Although motivating to athletes or competitors, this adage is fasle and needs to be quashed by family historians. A sweet woman named Elizabeth who hailed from South Carolina, said “Why should I bother […]

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Write Stories That Lack Documents
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Writing Family History

Record the Stories That Lack Documentation

Does everything that happens in our life produce documents and photos? And are these moments less important because they lack such evidence? There are so many things that we know about ourselves and our family members that should be recorded. Some funny, some sad, and some just normal but treasured. We can add more to […]

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What Where You Thinking Back Then – Memoir Writing Tips

  What is the difference between a memoir and a textbook retelling of history? The most significant difference is that memoirs dive deeper into the thought process of the storyteller. When you write your autobiography, include your past thoughts to help your readers understand the decisions you made. It makes for a more powerful story […]

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Introducing 5 On-Demand Genealogy Lectures from FHF!

    Following the success of Andy’s DNA After the Test eWorkshop, we’re pleased to release five on-demand lectures from Family History Fanatics. Follow the links (that are the webinar titles) to the Vimeo Store. 1.  Blogging Your Family History Blogs are a great way to share your family legends and discoveries with your extended family. […]

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How to Unlock Your Memories BEFORE We Write

Memoirs can be a treasured part of family history should be included in your preservation efforts. But, does the thought of writing about yourself feel intimidating. Writing glimpses of your life doesn’t have to strain your brain. Pick one small segment of your life and then follow these five tips to pre-writing your tale. Pre-writing […]

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Personal History

3 Tips to Start Writing About You

Family History is not only about dead people. Your story matters as well. Are you recording it? Far too often personal history takes a back seat or is left on the side of the road when people engage in genealogical research. It seems we forget that today we’re alive and tomorrow we’ll be someone’s dead […]

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Busy Lives
Interviewing
Personal History

Quick Story Gathering Ideas to Enrich Your Genealogy

Did you think you don’t have enough time to do family history?  Maybe you don’t have enough time to push your pedigree all the way back to Adam and Eve (which by the way you can’t), but you do have time to gather stories from your living relatives. And honestly, you can’t afford to waste […]

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Question To Ask A Relative Before Death
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What questions should you ask your relatives before they die?

Do you struggle coming up with questions for interviewing a relative? You know that preparing questions ahead of time, but what should you ask? Should you rattle off items on the Pinterest discovery “20 best questions for interviewing relatives”? Take time before your interview to determine what you want to know. What you hope to […]

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Transfer Essays to a Memoir
Personal History

How High School Essays Became a Family History Treasure

Have you taken the time to record what you or a relative was like? If you think it’s too difficult, then dig through your attics, garages, and files for essays written during high school. You might discover the fodder you need to write a book that becomes a family history treasure. Every family and every […]

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Busy Lives
Memory Keeping
Personal History

Overcoming Tech Barriers in Journaling

Journaling. Many people hate journaling because of the limitations they feel in creating a book of thoughts. Perhaps you like to speak rather than type or write. Perhaps you like to hand write rather than type but would prefer the end product to be a printed book. Will you let those factors prevent you from […]

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