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Turn Facts into Stories: The Family History Writing Studio

As a genealogist of sorts, I collect facts and details as part of my research. If you have engaged in family history research at any level, you too are a gatherer of family information. What do you do with the information you find? Do you organize it, shuffle it about, and then wonder who will want it?

As much as I write for personal and professional reasons, I feel daunted with the idea of writing family history stories. Even though I write a lot, I don’t see myself as an engaging storyteller. So if I’m not a storyteller why would I attempt to write stories? Most of us appreciate a good story, well written or well told. And we remember stories. Stories stick. Family history stories give us a way to share our genealogy research with family members of all ages.

Fortunately for me I discovered a great writing resource in The Family History Writing Studio. The Family History Writing Studio is a website focused on helping us learn to write engaging family history stories regardless of our writing experience. While some of the website content requires a modest purchase, there are many free resources available. The Family History Writing Studio has actually motivated me to consider writing a family story . . .

Take a look at The Family History Writing Studio and see if you can find the family story teller inside you. And you might like to join in the Family History writing challenge 2018 during February.

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Jumpstart Your Family History Journey in 2018

The Family History Guide is a free online resource for those of us who want to start genealogy or who want to get back into genealogy this year. The website thefhguide.com provides free tools for learning about family history and for researching your family on a single website. The website is user friendly and full of great content to teach, encourage, train, and inspire you to progress in your family history research.

The Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you’re brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your difference maker. (http://www.thefhguide.com/introduction.html#about)

I signed up for The Family History Guide blog to get the latest news about family history and related topics. I receive weekly blog posts via email. Check out this recent blog post:

Are you ready to make 2018 a fantastic family history year?

Take a few minutes to check out the Family History Guide now here.

The Family History Guide mission statement: “Our mission is to greatly increase the number of people actively involved in family history worldwide, and to make everyone’s family history journey easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable.”

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New Developments in the Family History Guide – Bob Taylor

The Family History Guide: A Timely Resource

The Family History Guide is a free online resource to help you succeed with your genealogy. Regardless of your family history focus, skill level, or interest, the Family History Guide provides helpful resources conveniently accessible on a single website.

“The Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you’re brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher—or somewhere in between—The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.” (www.thefhguide.com/introduction)

As explained on www.thefhguide.com useful resources you’ll find on the website include :

  • Over 1,200 Goals for learning, supported by over 2,300 flexible Choices
  • Step-by-step instructions to make learning easier
  • Links to over 2,400 videos and articles from FamilySearch, Ancestry, and more
  • QUIKLinks that take you to record searches from multiple sources, with a single click
  • Project Tracker sheets and Training materials for self-study or group instruction

I recommend watching the introductory video of the Family History Guide and exploring the website to see if it might be a beneficial family history resource for you.

Give the Gift of Memories

The holidays are here and many of us are shopping and planning for gifts for family and friends. As you think of what to give your family, consider giving them the gift of family memories. Share a family story or family photographs that can be enjoyed over and over.

There are many ways to do this. I like to give gifts that use family photos and I’m a fan of digital photo books. Why not add a family story to the photo. No matter how you share your memories, you will give a gift that will matter to your family.

Below are two websites that I use to create digital photo books:

Shutterfly provides a lot of design options and offers holiday promotions.

Costco Photo Center is less expensive than Shutterfly but still offers enough design options. No shipping costs if you pick up finished photo books in a Costco warehouse. You can order photo books and have them sent to any warehouse for family to pick up and purchase.

 

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Carissa Rasmussen: Know Their Stories

October: Celebrate National Family History Month

With family history enthusiasts in many states celebrating National Family History month, consider how you might become more engaged in learning about and preserving your family heritage.

Why not begin now to make your own family history book or ebook?

Begin gathering family or personal stories that will become a part of you.

Start collecting photos of your ancestors.

Do something else to preserve your family heritage.

WARNING: Family history is addictive. Once you become engaged in your own family history quest, you will never stop seeking out your family and their stories.

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The Future of DNA with Genetic Genealogist CeCe Moore at Rootstech 2017