Genealogy vs Story Telling

There is so much great information out there and the main goal of my blog is to bring together in one place all the information you need to put together a great family story project. Though it is a task that will take a lifetime, I haven’t been doing enough of gathering these resources but I’m going to make sure that at least once each week I link you to a blog or other website with great information to help you tell your family’s tales. This post by Brandy is right on track. To really share you family stories you must have more than dates and other facts, story telling is the key. I’ll be watching Brandy’s series closely.

Brandy Heineman

If you love genealogy, you might spend a fair amount of time baffled at your less-interested relatives. Aren’t they curious about their roots, their heritage? Don’t they care where they came from? Isn’t it fascinating to find out details about their ancestors’ lives?

In a word, no.

Unless you’ve been bitten by the genealogy bug, dusty old photos and crumbly old gravestones are not the height of entertainment, I’m sad to say. If you want to engage the rest of your family, you’ll need to frame your family history as a story. In this series, we’ll use storytelling principles to enrich our family histories — and maybe even spark some interest in those glazed-over relatives’ eyes.

Start with the Facts

I get it. You have endless pedigree charts and family group sheets and person profiles. Maybe there are a few really interesting ancestors for whom you’ve compiled whole dossiers. That’s…

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2 thoughts on “Genealogy vs Story Telling

    • I’m very excited about your series. I don’t consider myself a writer but I’m passionate about learning how to really share the stories that matter and so I want to learn how to take those bare facts and make them into something that someone other than a genealogist will enjoy.

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