Category Archives: Writing

29-day Family History Writing Challenge begins February 1

Lynn Palermo of the Family History Writing Studio will hold her 14th writing challenge throughout the 29 days of February. You decide what you want to write, whether your plan is to write ancestor profiles, a novel length narrative, a … Continue reading

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Will these memoir titles inspire you to start writing?

When reading the obituaries section in the newspapers this weekend, I saw a notice that had a couple of titles for a memoir that may give you — and me — the necessary inspiration and push to start writing. According … Continue reading

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Writing stories about our precious heirlooms

Do you own heirlooms — and like to tell the story about them? Is there a favourite story about a relative you like to share? As family historians, we tend to have a lot of stories and anecdotes floating around … Continue reading

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Ancestry launches Storymaker Studio

Ancestry announced yesterday the launch of Storymaker Studio, a new feature in the Ancestry app that easily allows users to create bite-sized stories from their family history and share them within the Ancestry community and on their personal social media … Continue reading

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Family History Writing Challenge returns in February

For the 13th year, Lynn Palermo will host the Family History Writing Challenge that will be held throughout the month of February. She is offering three levels in this year’s challenge. One level is free, the basic is US$27, and … Continue reading

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Three quick ideas for a family history book

Last week, a newspaper in Cochrane, Alberta ran a story about a genealogist who wrote a children’s book about her grandfather. If that isn’t the kind of book that will spur you on to write, perhaps a genealogist in Northfield, … Continue reading

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Genealogist writes children’s book about her grandfather

If you’ve struggled like many to write your family history, you may draw inspiration from Carol Walsh in Cochrane, Alberta, who published a children’s book about her grandfather. Called Jolly Boats on the River, the 24-page book is the story … Continue reading

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Start writing about your ancestors with the Family History Writing Challenge 2022

The Family History Writing Challenge 2022, hosted by Lynn Palermo, runs from February 1 to 28. Daily writing sprintsStreaming live from YouTube every Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. will be daily writing springs. Participants will bring … Continue reading

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Most Canadians want to know more about their family’s stories

Today is Family Day in several provinces in Canada. In Prince Edward Island, however, it’s Islander Day, Manitoba calls today Louis Riel Day, and Nova Scotia calls it Nova Scotia Heritage Day. Meanwhile, in Quebec, it’s a regular work day, … Continue reading

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Memory kits created to help people with dementia reminisce about their past

The Chinook Arch Regional Library System in Lethbridge, Alberta and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories have developed memory kits to support those living with dementia. Initially, they developed 13 memory kits to supply more than 30 libraries across southwestern Alberta. … Continue reading

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