Sharing Family History: Write and share your story

Sharing Family History: Write and share your storyBy Barry J. Ewell

Create a family newsletter
Consider creating a family newsletter. Get others involved. Be creative. A well-written newsletter is a great way of keeping families together. Newsletters can include stories about an ancestor or share research successes and assignments. You might have an entire issue dedicated to family history or a regular feature on family history. It can be circulated every month or four times a year. Make sure Grandparents, parents and children each write. Continue reading

Family History: Every life is a story

Your StoryBy Barry J. Ewell
As we live our lives, we become a very special, one-of-a-kind, cherished set of memories. Stories about the family’s past may include immigration or emigration, old neighborhoods, military service, marriages, births, deaths, famous or infamous family members, culture, religion, political endeavors, education, and social and economic status. Continue reading

Family History: Look at your writing through a reader’s eyes

10-16-2014 5-23-50 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

When I first started writing, I found myself becoming very defensive when someone made an edit or comment about the writing. I took it very personally. That “filter” was keeping me from seeing how my writing was being received by others. Often the editing and suggestions others made were minor, but they really made a difference in how the writing would be received. Even if I didn’t agree with the recommendation, it gave me a chance to Continue reading

Family History: Writing the personal history, Draft one

Family History: Writing the personal history, Draft oneBy Barry J. Ewell

By now, you should be ready to start writing. Whether you are writing about yourself or someone else, be honest. I have read many histories over the years, and those that have the most meaning include true stories about real life. The stories range from the sad and tragic to the exciting, funny, and simple day-to-day. Continue reading

Family History: Write and publish your story

Family History: Write and publish your storyBy Barry J. Ewell

Writing personal histories takes planning, time, and effort to stitch the research into a cohesive blend of resources that tells the story that will inspire generations to come.

A Story Worth Writing Begins with an Outline
“Why do you need an outline? I already know what I want to say.” These are the words I remember saying in tenth grade as I started my English creative writing course. As I Continue reading

Family History: How to use the outline to write your story

Family History: How to use the outline to write your storyBy Barry J. Ewell

Remember, the outline is a blueprint. Just as blueprints help a builder create a structure, your outline can form the foundation or frame for the first draft.

Writing experience by experience, topic by topic: If your out¬line is on a computer, you can just click your cursor at any part of the outline you have created and fill in the details. This can help you overcome writer’s block. That is, you can write the third section first, if you want. Then simply go back and fill in sections one and two. When you revise, you can make sure all the pieces fit together. Continue reading

Family History: Creating the personal history outline

10-16-2014 3-49-05 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

If you took the time to create the Profile Storage Container (or the Box) where you have kept your research, you will find the outline is very easy to create. Start with the first folder and move your way back through the folders, whether you have them in chronological or topical order. If you didn’t take time to create “The Box,” start at the beginning and outline the major events of your life. Start with your childhood years and continue through to the present. For example, the following is a very rough outline, using the roman numeral Continue reading