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Ignore Story Crafting While Recording Family History

You are failing at recording your family history because you need to learn how to IGNORE story crafting practices. That’s right. I said it. Ignore the art of crafting a story and you will free yourself to capture and preserve your family history. Story Crafting Techniques Thwart Capturing Family History Many educators and writing instructors […]

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Enrich Family Histories With Often Repeated Phrases

Capturing the true character of a person can be difficult with simple descriptive words. Describing their physical features and mentioning where they are from, may paint a visual picture of a person but the individual remains one dimensional.  If you include often repeated phrases an ancestor said into your family history, the person’s story instantly […]

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What to do when the story is stuck inside of you?

“If there was a steel beam between two skyscrapers, what would you walk across it for?” These common “Would you Rather” questions come up all the time. Some folks will cross for money, family, their pets, or to obtain world peace. My teenage daughter had a priceless response. “I would never do such an idiotic […]

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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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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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When writing a personal history, add your recollections and your memories. #lifestory #memoir #writingtips
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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 and […]

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Watch 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. You might […]

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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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Follow these 3 Tips to Start Writing About You #familyhistory #writingtips
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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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Quick Story Gathering Ideas to Enrich Your Genealogy
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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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