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Jennifer Swan
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  • Stillwater, MN
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Swan, Niles, Michaud
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
United States, England, Germany, Italy
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Beginning Family History Researcher
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Is writing a catalyst for doom?

There are many spiritual elements to writing the book In Wake of a Following, and with them, comes fear. I worry that stirring up memories from the 1950s Virgin Mary sightings will release a measure of bad karma. My investigation is a lot like descending into a dank, unlit basement. Deep down, I’m troubled. With each bad thing that happens to my loved ones – my sister’s cancer, financial stress, a recent car crash – I wonder. Is my writing obsession a catalyst of…


Posted on October 2, 2010 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

The Beginning of a Memoir

When a person stumbles upon a deeply rooted secret, it’s nearly impossible to keep quiet. And yet, that is exactly what my family did for decades. None of us had the gumption to ask dad about the bizarre happenings in Wisconsin. We each furtively hoped he’d one day grant us an exclusive tell-all about the time grandfather abandoned the family to become co-leader of a controversial, anti-communist religious movement.…


Posted on August 26, 2010 at 10:05am — 2 Comments

How to share & write memories

Share your family stories before it is too late. That’s my motto in a nutshell. I believe everyone has a story to tell. It’s just a matter of digging deep to find those memories. Of course, proof is in the puddin’ - alright, no more tacky clichés - I'm about to issue you a challenge:

  • Grab a pen and paper.
  • Number your paper from 1 – 13.…

Posted on August 3, 2010 at 8:46am

When doves fly - searching for a sign

shrine n. A place of religious devotion or commemoration, such as: a place where devotion is paid to a deity or deities, the tomb of a saint or other venerated person, a location where an important event in the life of a holy person is thought to have occurred. 2. A container or receptacle for sacred relics; a reliquary. 3. A site hallowed by association with a revered person or object or with an important…

Posted on July 18, 2010 at 6:05am

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