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The Armchair Genealogist

How Stories Can Save Your Genealogy Research

We all know most of our family are not interested in our genealogy stuff. They roll their eyes at our family history facts. They certainly don’t want our boxes and binders? If they do count yourself lucky. What our families want are stories. Everyone loves a story. Why do you think Netflix's is so popular. They want to read stories about their ancestors. They want to connect

Best of the Best Posts for 2018, According to You!

Wow, this year went fast. I hope you've all had a terrific year and are ready to take on some new genealogy challenges or revisit some old ones in 2019. Here are our top 5 posts for 2018.  Hope they can help you get reset for the New Year.  7 Timelines to Relieve Your Research Overwhelm 6 Tips to Building a Family History Book Develop a Genealogy Research Plan in 7 Simple Steps Refocus

A Gift Guide for the Family History Traveller

Is the family historian in your life a road warrior? Do they love to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors? This year inspire their wanderlust with these gifts. (Contains affiliate links.) 1. Scratch Map - I love these maps. Great for scratching off where you've been or even use to map out family history immigration and migration. 2. Ollioclip Lens Set for iPhone - These

What do you want to know about preserving your family tree and stories?

What do you want to know about turning your research into entertaining and shareable family history stories?  What do you want to know about preserving your family tree for future generations? Every week I get emails from a whole bunch of you about writing your family history stories and preserving your family heritage and stories for future generations.  Example How do I

7 Timelines to Relieve Your Research Overwhelm

 We've all suffered from it - research overwhelm.  Regardless of whether we are a beginner, or you've been researching for some time, no one is immune from it. It can sneak up on you, and before you know it, you are suffering. Your symptoms may include not knowing where to go next. You might feel like you are utterly drowning in your research. Maybe your suffering from research

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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Kowalski, Vogel, Stapleton, Phelan, Strub, Fischer, Reinhardt, Desmarais, Vaillancourt, Palermo, Coots,
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Italy
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
I started genealogy research as a simple quest to trace my family roots and to publish a book for our next family reunion. Little did I know the draw that my ancestors would have on me.
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A Canvas of My Own - Creating a Family History Book

Posted on February 3, 2010 at 10:03am 4 Comments

Interested in learning more about My Canvas to create your family history book. Today at Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers guests posts, and tells us of his personal experience with this program by

Writing a Family Biography (Part 2)- A Handy Template

Posted on February 1, 2010 at 12:40pm 2 Comments

A Family Biography Template

Many people shy away from including too much writing in their family history books, assuming it takes some special talent. Often this results in a quick rendition of the facts of a person's life, born, worked, married, died. Not exactly creative.

Below I have prepared a simple template anyone can use to write a creative biography about an ancestor or a living relative. This template provides an added element, a family element. This tool will help you… Continue

Family Biography - A Lesson in Writing

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 8:08am 0 Comments

Part 1- Preparing to Write a Family BiographyThis week I have been crazy busy writing family biographies. Three years ago, I began researching and writing the Kowalsky Family History Book. (I may have mentioned it once or twice before) From this process, I have learned a great deal about writing a family biography.

A biography is a life story written by someone other than the subject. A family biography is a bit different. It features more people, all related in some way. It… Continue

5 Tips to Choosing an Online Genealogy Database

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:45pm 0 Comments

Now more than ever, I can appreciate how confusing it can be for a family historian trying to decide on which database they would like to join when beginning their family research. If you’re an armchair genealogist then certainly you want to belong to an online genealogy database. The question is which database to join?

I am here to tell you, only you can know the answer to that. How do you know?

1. Gather as much information about your ancestors prior to seeking out a… Continue

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At 10:17pm on August 10, 2016, Darrell Gulstrom said…
Looking for surnames Church, Pound,VA throuh England, Hash, Pound, VA also from England, they were Houganots (?) Robison, PA through Ireland, and Gulstrom, Tillamook, OR through Sweden.
At 7:55am on July 23, 2009, Danette Rossi Taylor said…
have today off so am surfing while Donna tuters. after that we're going mother of the bride dress shopping. Corin is here WITH HER DOG, this is a crazy house!


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