Put Some Heart into it. How to Share Your Family History Stories.

Put Some Heart into it. How to Share Your Family History Stories.

You are working hard, gathering the all the details to fill out your pedigree chart, right? 

Don’t forget to make time to tell the great stories you uncover along the way. 

For some, research is easier than figuring out how to tell a good story, maybe some even wonder why bother with it.

“Stories are how we think…Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place in the world, create our identities and define and teach our social values.”
~ Dr. Pamela Rutledge, Director, Media Psychology Research Center

Put the heart back into the chart! Tell their stories, share their struggles and in doing so you make a heritage worth remembering and cherishing!

So here are some easy ways to get started is sharing your family stories:

Check out the new website FamilyStorytelling.com, not just because I’m a featured contributor, but because there are some great ideas to not only share your family’s stories, but ideas to create new family stories. Read posts from other great contributors as well, like the story maven herself Carol Rice and renowned storyteller Theresa Clark. Seriously, you should check it out!

FamilySearch new site allows you to share photos and stories and SEARCH for them as well! Maybe a distant cousin has shared something, or maybe you could be the one to share.

One of the easiest ways to share your family history stories is to:

Seed Your Home with Story Prompts!

When you surround yourself and your home with little story starters, you provide opportunities for family and others to ask you about it- they want to hear the rest of the story! Use these things to get the story going! Check out my Pinterest boards for some great inspiration to share your:

·       Family Trees

·       Wall Décor and Shadow Boxes

·       Jewelry

·       Clothing (Scottish tartans, shoes, gloves all make wonderful displays)

·       Family food and recipes

·       Family Music

·       Poetry

·       Art and Crafts

·       Family History Books, Books of Remembrance

·       Family Traditions and Holidays

·       Family Letter, Records and Documents

·       Scrapbooks and Photos

·       Family Blog


  1. Valerie,

    Wonderful post!

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/09/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-september.html

    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Valerie,

    I just tried to post – hit the wrong button – I’ll try again…

    I’m loving your blog – can’t wait to try Pinterest again; and I’m excited to get started on writing Family History Stories!

    I couldn’t help noticing that you had a Brown on your surname list. I know – that’s a common name, but that’s my brick wall.

    My great-grandfather, George Brown, was left by his father (who was going out West), with the Baker family in San Augustine, Texas. When the father did not return for him, they adopted him, but left his last name as Brown, in case his family came back for him.

    In the 1900 census it shows George Brown’s parents as being born in Alabama.

    My brother had DNA testing done, and we are Browns – we are part of Brown Group 10 – which came through South Carolina.

    So – you can see why your Brown surname caught my eye.

    My great-grandfather, George Eugene Brown, moved from Washington, DC to Los Angeles, California. He died shortly thereafter, while in Phoenix, Arizona, of tuberculosis. My grandfather and his five brothers became citizens of Los Angeles (building many beautiful homes there).

    So – that is why “Brown” caught my eye on your Surname List.

    Thanks for listening!

    Anita Brown Bennett

  3. I used to be suggested this blog via my cousin. I’m no longer certain whether this publish is written by way of him as nobody else recognize such particular about my trouble.

    You are incredible! Thanks!

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