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What to do when you discover a shocking family secret

Drunks, dead beats, physical abusers, thieves, bootleggers. Drug dealers, con artists, prostitutes, shady characters. Suicides, rapists, child molesters, murderers. Digging into your family history you will find all kinds of people. Some people you will be proud of and others you will not. One of the most difficult decisions a family historian will make isContinue reading “What to do when you discover a shocking family secret”


Stop Procrastinating! Write your family stories now

I write excruciatingly slow. Why? Because I am a professional procrastinator.  I have a horrible habit of writing a few sentences, only to get up to refill my coffee cup, then sit back down to write again, only to get back up within a few minutes. Why do I do this every time I write? Continue reading “Stop Procrastinating! Write your family stories now”

5 Reasons to write your family’s story

Genealogists are thrill seekers. Who else would enjoy piecing together a brittle yellow page from a dusty old scrapbook just so you can determine once and for all if the entry is really about your ancestor? Or the research high you got when you went line-by-line trying to decipher cursive handwriting from an ancestor’s willContinue reading “5 Reasons to write your family’s story”