I was bitten by the genealogy bug when I was a teenager. I was amazed at what my grandmother could tell her about her ancestors, and I have fond memories of sitting at the microfilm and fiche readers at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. long before there was an internet.
Over the years I’ve researched online; and in courthouses, historical societies, and private homes. I visited where my ancestors lived, and helped locate a long-lost family cemetery. I’ve also been blessed with opportunities to help others with their family research.
I’m a writer, too. My first story was in response to a Norman Rockwell painting when I was in second grade. Since then I’ve has written short stories, novellas, poems, essays, and more. My articles and poems have appeared in The Heritage, All The Way Home, Sandhills Naturally, and others; and I have guest blogged several times.
As my years as a homeschooling mom wound down, I wrote and self-published two literature study guide series – Nature Study and More and Watching American Literature. These study guides are available through Currclick.com.
I combined family history and writing three years ago by starting this website and blog. I write family stories, ancestor stories, and about various genealogy topics. My goal is Keeping Grandma Alive…and all the others, too (including myself), for generations to come.
I don’t want my ancestors, or myself, to become just names and dates on a family tree chart a few generations from now. I don’t want that for anyone, so I’m doing something about it.
I am creating the Easy Family History Journal series of journals. These journals are softbound, easy to complete, and not so long as to be overwhelming.
Each Easy Family History Journal is:
- Conversational and friendly
- Topical…for example, the first one is about The Growing Up Years
- Doable because the prompts help users remember the past and write about it
Completing any of the journals in the series is a gift to the user’s descendants. Their descendants will know about them and their lives, told in the user’s own words.
I’m excited about creating this series. Many people want to write their life story or family history but don’t know how to get started. I believe this journal series will solve that problem.
The first journal will be available on Amazon.com in Summer 2017.
Have questions? Click on Contact in the menu bar at the top of the page. I’d love to hear from you!
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