As genealogists, the most mundane things can make our eyes light up. Seeing a maiden name for the first time or finding an exact birth date can result in a spontaneous genealogical happy dance.
However, being forced to look at page after page of names, dates and places can cause other members of our family to yawn or try to plan their escape. No matter how excited I am when I call a relative with my latest genealogical discovery, no one else seems quite as enthusiastic as I am.
How to change this? If we want to get our families truly interested in our family history research, we have to make it more interesting. And in the process of making it more interesting for our family members, we will be making the research process more satisfying for ourselves as well.
So how do we make family history tolerable to those not similarly obsessed with genealogy? We can do this by “fleshing out” the lives of our ancestors through photos and family stories, which help make all those names and dates more real.
However, we are not always lucky enough to have a photograph or an old family story to turn to. What then? The process of adding life to your family history is the purpose of this blog. I demonstrate the best ways to take the factual information you have so patiently collected and organized and turn it into something truly engaging and interesting to read.
I explore how adding additional information regarding such mundane facts as occupation or geographical location can add richness to your research. I discuss often overlooked records that may hold intriguing details regarding your ancestor’s life. And I also review and utilize technology and software that make it easier to collect, store and ultimately disseminate all your hard work and creativity.
Collecting the names and dates are just the first part of your genealogical journey. Are you ready to move on to the next step and tell the story of your ancestors?
Try it! Your family will thank you.