Writing Family History

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Writing Family History

How to Preserve the Treasures in Your Home

When you preserve the treasures in your home and the homes of your loved ones, you magnify the depth of your family history. Family history and genealogy research are incomplete without personal stories. Writing personal history might stop you in your tracks and suck the fun out of your genealogy journey. However, if you look […]

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3 Ways to Overcome Thinking, “I Don’t Have Great Stories”

Stop telling yourself you, ‘I Don’t Have Great Stories.” If our ancestors thought that, they were wrong and so are you. Wouldn’t you give ANYTHING to have a story or two, no matter how mundane, that gave you insight into your ancestors? Well your family, immediate and extended, want your story. So start writing about […]

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How to Set up a File for Family History Writing
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How to Set Up A File to Write About Your Ancestors

Writing makes you a better researcher in genealogy, but how can you set yourself up for success? If you set up your files in such a way you’re ready to write as you make new discoveries about your ancestor, you will be better prepared to not only write but also have your content nearly formatted […]

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Record Love Stories Worth Remembering
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Record the Love Stories That Are Worth Remembering

Roses, chocolates, romantic getaways, and jewelry often top the list for expressions of the heart in love stories and romance movies. However, I have great-grandparents that exemplify true, lasting love – no merchandise required. Their story is worth recording, as are the love stories in your family history. Evaline Was Previously Engaged To understand George […]

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Why Write Family History When No One Cares
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Why Write a Family History if No One Wants to Read it?

Have you ever thought about writing a family history? Do you fear that no one will want to read it? You are not alone, but that shouldn’t stop you from writing a family history. Many of you have asked me at conferences, emails, and other social media this one question, “Why write a family history […]

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Enrich Your Family History With Postcards from the Past

Writing a family history that has excitement when you don’t feel like a creative writer is challenged. However, you can enrich your family history projects through pictures from the past, such as post cards! My Geiszler and Brown family lines have resided in Ohio for at least 100 years. A few years back, I wrote […]

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Why Did You Include Stalin in Your Family History?

Question: I noticed that you added a historical fact about Stalin banishing Trotsky to the marriage story of your ancestor who married in Utah. If she wasn’t Russian and not connected to Stalin or Trotsky, why on earth would you add this fact to your family’s history? ~ Maralee, Cypress, Texas Answer: Social and Political […]

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How to Arrange Photos in Family Histories

Reader Question: Where should I put the photos in my writing? Should I put the images next to the paragraph I wrote? Should I put them at the end of a chapter? Or should I put all the photos in a photo section?  ~ Robert Murphy, PA Thanks, Robert. Great question. Having written over 120 […]

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Over 30 Words to Describe Your Ancestor’s Physique

Tall, dark and handsome. Is there any other character description more cliche than that, even if it’s true? Your ancestor might have been marked on military draft cards or passports as Stout and Medium for this build and height. What can you do with these descriptions, combined with photos, to describe your ancestors to your […]

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Over 80 Words to Describe Your Ancestor’s Facial Features

How would you describe someone to another person who has never met them? Sure you can define their character and positive traits. It would be better to describe their facial features so the second person can locate the first person in a crowd. When it comes to describing our ancestors, we need to use words […]

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