Join the DNA Recombination Project

Posted by Andy Lee Family History Fanatics is starting the DNA Recombination Project. You can be a part of it. All we need is some ba...

23 November 2017

Ignore Your Audience When Writing Your Family History First Draft

Family History Writing Tips


Numerous writing tips videos tell you to write for a particular audience. When you're writing a fictional book or blog post or a non-fiction how-to book, knowing who your audience helps you tailor your language to them. However, in the first step of writing a memoir or a family history narrative, it's the worst advice.

20 November 2017

A Recipe Saved From the Grave #FHForChildren Blog Link-Up

Family Recipes Bring Us Closer Together


Thanksgiving is fast approaching and traditions abound, but for a gal without family traditions regarding Turkey, what foods bring me closer to the past? That's the question I ask myself as I think about the Family History for Children Blog Link-Up for November: Family Recipes

The questions prompt: "How do family recipes bring your family together? Do you have any old family recipes that are passed down in your family? What favorite foods of your children will you pass down through future generations?"

Again, I think about the recipes that bring the Geiszler family together and there really are none. My mother believed "if food couldn't be nuked, baked, or ordered in, it wasn't done." And then I stumbled upon the Thanksgiving after my father died. My aunt asked me what I missed most about my dad, and I said, "Bob's Cheesecake.'

Watch my video about daddy's cheesecake and how he almost took it too the grave.


I highly encourage you to place your Family Recipes on FamilySearch in the memories sections. You can scan recipe cards and upload them as photos. Or, you can save the recipes as stories. That way, no relative will take another family favorite to the grave, that is if they have someone like my Aunt Shelley (or was it Grannie) to sweet talk the recipes out of the amazing cooks!

To read other posts in the Family Recipes Blog Hop, check out these below! Look at all of those yummy treats.

15-Minute Genealogy Tasks for the Busy Seasons

15 Minute Genealogy Task To Help You Keep Researching during the busy season

It's that time of year when people are B--U-S-Y. It's also the time of year when you're trying to make good on old resolutions or plan for new ones. Below I'm sharing a list of tasks you can do in 15 minutes or less that will have you finding time for genealogy during your hectic seasons throughout the year.


16 November 2017

What's Your Genealogy Problem? Let RootsMagic Help You Find It

Find your genealogy errors with RootsMagic


When we acquire large databases, I wonder how many times we are like the three monkeys


Hear No Problem

See No Problem
Speak No Problem

But, far too many GEDCOM files (and our own databases) are rife with errors and if we ignore them, we're like another animal. One with feathers, a long neck, and likes to stick it underground!

13 November 2017

Should I Include the Bio Dad?

Should you include the illegitimate father in your family history writing


When writing about an ancestor, we start by including their parents. Unfortunately, parentage is not not as simple as you provided the biological ingredients to create life. When attempting to record 'who's the daddy' of your ancestor, who should you include?

Being a family history writing educator is such a blessing. The question student present are varied and challenging, as is the case of today's inquiry.
My father's biological father was never married to my grandmother. Grandma had two husbands. After her first husband died and before she married the second one, she had conceived and gave birth to my daddy, who was the product of an illegitimate relationship. When I write about my father at the time of his birth, marriage, etc. who do I include? Bio dad or his step-father, who was the only father he ever knew?

08 November 2017

How to Write About a Boring Ancestor?

How to Write About a Boring Ancestor


Robbers, adulterers, colorful characters and glorious heroes are among the most interesting people in many family trees. Some of us are descended from great wealth or suffered extreme circumstances. And then, there are the farmers, bakers, milkmen, and day laborers. They lived. They begat children. They died. And there isn't much in between. Or is there?

Question: How can I write about my ancestor when they're not very interesting?

06 November 2017

What Voice Should I Use When I Write Family Histories?

Narrative Style Tips for Family History Writing

Ask the Family History Fanatics: Voice should I use when I write my family history? I want to share my family history but I also want to write commentary on that family history. Should I write solidly in the third person or should I switch between first-person and third-person?
What a GREAT question for a family history writer. The first reason is that there is a specific task associated with the question. Otherwise, the answer would be 'it depends.'

Let's dissect a few things and then provide the advice appropriate for this situation.
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