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Fri, September 2 2022: 14:15 UTC
10 Best Self-Publishing Tips for Family Historians
Fri, September 2 2022: 14:15 UTC
Online services such as Amazon, Lulu, offer a variety of options for self-publishing a family history book. But before you press “publish” there are some important things to know about the process. Learn the 10 best tips to optimize your self-publishing strategy.
Online services such as Amazon, Lulu, offer a variety of options for self-publishing a family history book. But before you press “publish” there are some important things to know about the process. Learn the 10 best tips to optimize your self-publishing strategy.
Fri, September 2 2022: 14:15 UTC
Wed, September 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
Start with You: Writing About Yourself
Wed, September 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
Genealogy best practice is to start with you, and who better to introduce yourself to future generations than YOU? In this webinar, we will go beyond factual information typically found in family trees to include the essence of who you are. Using easy and fun writing prompts, you will learn to create a unique and revealing written portrait of yourself. You can also share these prompts with other family members, adding their written portraits to your family tree. Your future generations will get to know you, and thank you!
Genealogy best practice is to start with you, and who better to introduce yourself to future generations than YOU? In this webinar, we will go beyond factual information typically found in family trees to include the essence of who you are. Using easy and fun writing prompts, you will learn to create a unique and revealing written portrait of yourself. You can also share these prompts with other family members, adding their written portraits to your family tree. Your future generations will get to know you, and thank you!
Wed, September 28 2022: 18:00 UTC
Thu, October 27 2022: 0:00 UTC
Structuring a Family History – class 1 of 4
Thu, October 27 2022: 0:00 UTC
To write a family history, we must convert our ancestral information into paragraphs of prose. But how do we group the resulting paragraphs to produce a coherent structure? We start by asking ourselves what we wish to achieve. Are we writing a history that focuses on a surname line? Or one that covers all of our ancestors, or all of our descendants, or all of the ancestors and descendants of a particular person? And how do we craft an individual biography? Do we produce a family history that is a group of stand-alone biographies or one that has a narrative-style flow? These and other subjects are discussed in this simple guide to structuring a family history.
To write a family history, we must convert our ancestral information into paragraphs of prose. But how do we group the resulting paragraphs to produce a coherent structure? We start by asking ourselves what we wish to achieve. Are we writing a history that focuses on a surname line? Or one that covers all of our ancestors, or all of our descendants, or all of the ancestors and descendants of a particular person? And how do we craft an individual biography? Do we produce a family history that is a group of stand-alone biographies or one that has a narrative-style flow? These and other subjects are discussed in this simple guide to structuring a family history.
Thu, October 27 2022: 0:00 UTC

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Writing as You Go is the WAY to Go!
Being the recognized originator of the term “Writing as You Go” since 2009, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL finds that people who adopt and adapt the process report that it really an efficient way to plan, record, and analyze research findings. Although the static concepts are standard, her recommendations on the placement and process order in which to work needs to be demonstrated and is often a “light bulb” moment for researchers.
Being the recognized originator of the term “Writing as You Go” since 2009, Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL finds that people who adopt and adapt the process report that it really an efficient way to plan, record, and analyze research findings. Although the static concepts are standard, her recommendations on the placement and process order in which to work needs to be demonstrated and is often a “light bulb” moment for researchers.
Fri, April 8 2022: 4:00 UTC
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Family Stories in 30 Minutes or Less
Have you always wanted to write your family stories but have never gotten around to it or known where to begin? Perhaps you’ve started but are stuck or overwhelmed. Good news! Capturing your family stories can be easy and fun with Brenda Hudson’s “story project” technique. In this webinar, you will learn three different story projects, each resulting in a different kind of family story that takes less than 30 minutes. Use this technique to build your family legacy one story at a time, capturing as many stories as you like, knowing your stories will help your family connect with each other, now and in the future, by spurring conversations and strengthening family bonds across generations.
Have you always wanted to write your family stories but have never gotten around to it or known where to begin? Perhaps you’ve started but are stuck or overwhelmed. Good news! Capturing your family stories can be easy and fun with Brenda Hudson’s “story project” technique. In this webinar, you will learn three different story projects, each resulting in a different kind of family story that takes less than 30 minutes. Use this technique to build your family legacy one story at a time, capturing as many stories as you like, knowing your stories will help your family connect with each other, now and in the future, by spurring conversations and strengthening family bonds across generations.
Wed, March 30 2022: 18:00 UTC
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Printing Charts and Books on MyHeritage
You’ve invested so much effort in building and documenting your family tree — now it’s time to display the fruits of your labor! Learn how to create beautiful customized charts or a summary book of your family tree on MyHeritage that you can print at home, have professionally printed, or share digitally.
You’ve invested so much effort in building and documenting your family tree — now it’s time to display the fruits of your labor! Learn how to create beautiful customized charts or a summary book of your family tree on MyHeritage that you can print at home, have professionally printed, or share digitally.
Tue, February 22 2022: 19:00 UTC
1:33:09
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Standards for Genealogical Documentation
Genealogy Standards spells out eight documentation standards, which give genealogists guidance for documenting genealogical writing. They also provide guidance for citation content, while allowing flexibility in the sequencing and structuring of citations supporting genealogical statements. This presentation will review the standards and provide examples of applying their principles.
Genealogy Standards spells out eight documentation standards, which give genealogists guidance for documenting genealogical writing. They also provide guidance for citation content, while allowing flexibility in the sequencing and structuring of citations supporting genealogical statements. This presentation will review the standards and provide examples of applying their principles.
Tue, August 17 2021: 0:00 UTC
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Write As You Go! A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing
Puzzled by your brick wall? Do your client reports take more time to write than research? Are you working on a Research Report or Case Study for your portfolio? Using the "Write As You Go" methodology can assist in arriving at a solution to these issues. This brief overview of…
Puzzled by your brick wall? Do your client reports take more time to write than research? Are you working on a Research Report or Case Study for your portfolio? Using the "Write As You Go" methodology can assist in arriving at a solution to these issues. This brief overview of…
Thu, April 8 2021: 0:00 UTC
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Record As You Go, Cite As You Go, & File As You Go
Genealogists tend to get very excited about new records and sources they come across in their research. So much so that they grab a quick copy, download it to default folders, and move on to the next item without thoroughly exploring the source first. All too often they don't take…
Genealogists tend to get very excited about new records and sources they come across in their research. So much so that they grab a quick copy, download it to default folders, and move on to the next item without thoroughly exploring the source first. All too often they don't take…
Thu, April 8 2021: 0:00 UTC
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Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communication
Documenting and sharing are fundamental to a genealogist’s work. Learn guidelines for preparing more informative, accurate, and useful research reports for yourself and others. The webinar shows how observing genealogical standards can improve written communication of research notes and findings. Topics include ten essential characteristics of quality reports, optional report…
Documenting and sharing are fundamental to a genealogist’s work. Learn guidelines for preparing more informative, accurate, and useful research reports for yourself and others. The webinar shows how observing genealogical standards can improve written communication of research notes and findings. Topics include ten essential characteristics of quality reports, optional report…
Tue, March 16 2021: 0:00 UTC
1:32:16
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Once upon a time: It’s all about the story
‘Facts’ send people to sleep; ‘stories’ keep them awake and alert and eager to learn what happens next. In this seminar, Carol shows you how to tell a gripping story within a family history, and by extension, how to write a gripping a family history.
‘Facts’ send people to sleep; ‘stories’ keep them awake and alert and eager to learn what happens next. In this seminar, Carol shows you how to tell a gripping story within a family history, and by extension, how to write a gripping a family history.
Tue, December 1 2020: 0:00 UTC
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Have PDF, Will Upload: Print Your Book on Lulu.com
Have you written a book and saved it as a pdf document? Now it's time to get that book printed. This video will show you how to print your book on the print-on-demand website lulu.com.
Have you written a book and saved it as a pdf document? Now it's time to get that book printed. This video will show you how to print your book on the print-on-demand website lulu.com.
Fri, November 13 2020: 18:00 UTC