Tag: story genealogy

Storytelling: What might our ancestors’ health status reveal?

Great grandma, not such a mystery Proof is in the pudding I'd heard the stories. Most weren't wonderful. Orah was unkind, and while I wish dad was here to tell me more, he doesn't have to be. I have at my disposal the very best proof: great grandma's own words. What follows are excerpts from ...

A journey from 1891-Post 4

Signature number four A fly on the wall My mom has two, gold trunks in her apartment, and both are filled with genealogical treasures. In late August, she found something in the bottom of the smaller trunk. It was an autograph book once belonging to my great, great, great grandparents Charles and Maria Smith. To ...

Storytelling: Interpretations

Adding the dramatic effect When I read novels these days, I notice that the authors are writing their stories almost as if they are describing how they want it to look in a movie.  With this in mind, I began to think about the “special effects” that could accompany some of the older letters I ...

Storytelling: Painting a main character

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here.”  ~ Sue Monk Kidd Storytelling is an important part of family history.  Passing down stories about our lives and the lives of our ancestors makes history real.  Characters make stories come to life.  ...

Family history: What’s in a (nick)name?

The significance of names in family history Considerations when naming children Have you considered your first, middle, and last names? Were you "named after" someone in the family? Perhaps you were given great aunt Grace's first name, or uncle James's middle name? Maybe you use a nickname or a derivative of a longer, traditional name? ...

Family history: Stories and setting the scene

Preserving family history through storytelling Fleshing out the story, using time and place Samuel Smith "travelled thousands of miles on foot and went emphatically 'everywhere' preaching the gospel." I'm not sure what comes to mind when you read that sentence, but for me, it provides a visual I wouldn't otherwise have. I knew my 4X ...

Family history: Record using various methods

When writing is not your thing Think of your "go to" method to communicate When I began this blog, I was intently focused on the written form of ancestor stories. My goal is to teach my children about their past, and as a writer, making notes or creating a few short paragraphs is a piece ...