Family History Writer Retreat is More Than Just Writing

Family History Writer Retreat is More Than Just Writing

Writing and doing genealogy research are pretty solitary pursuits for the most part. As an introvert, I do well in alone time. But, there is something about spending time with people, the people who get why you do what you do, people who are your tribe. The family history writer's retreat is geared to provide you with lots and lots  of quiet, writing time in a beautiful locale. After all that focused energy during the day though, you will need to unwind and reset each evening. After a your busy day of writing, we will serve afternoon tea and fresh baked scones, (herbal teas will also be available), as well as hot cocoa and homemade marshmallows to drink around the fire. Delicious breakfasts and lunches are provided, but for dinner we will explore the local cuisine and eat at Jill's favorite restaurants, or we can order pizza in. Evenings will include informal presentations and Q&A from Jill and I on writing and publishing topics that mean the most to attendees, while enjoying Continue reading

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