Writing a Family History is the Smart Thing to Do

Writing a Family History is the Smart Thing to Do

Recent research at the University of Graz, called the ‘Ancestor Effect’ suggests that thinking about our ancestors prior to a job interview or college exam increases the chances for success, as Jerrie Hurd reports in her latest blog post. The ‘Ancestor Effect’ hypothesizes that being aware of what your ancestors have gone through and overcome, increases your confidence and creates a stronger sense of identity…So doing genealogy and learning your family stories makes you smarter! I knew that already – go to any national conference and you will be amazed at the sheer number of smart and brilliant people in attendance.Besides making you smarter, writing your family history can be emotionally healthier and very healing. A good way to start is by outlining the life of your ancestor into segments.Let me show by example how I break a life into pieces.My grandfather was Farmer Greenwade, yes, his name was Farmer and no, he was not a farmer! He was born 28 July 1884 in Jeffersonville, Continue reading