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Tell Your Family Stories. — 4 Comments

  1. Great advice Pauleen. You’ve made me think of when I first started researching. All I was interested in was names dates and how far back I can go. Until I started to get to know my ancestors. Since then my research has mostly been about their stories.

  2. There is so much great advice in your blog Pauleen, thanks so much for these hints. Yes, writing your story certainly does highlight where you have gaps in your family history. Yes, it has more impact than a chart of bare dates and places. Yes, there are several advantages, especially in the family members who you never knew existed – cousin bait indeed! Lastly your writing style does evolve through the process.

  3. Hello blogging friend! I am so glad you wrote about why you write and audience. I think if I thought about my audience too much, I would go mad and probably never put finger to keyboard. Of course, it is important to consider why your audience might be tuning in to your blog e.g. looking for hints on methodology. But ultimately I have to be excited enough about my topic to write – in truth probably more for myself than anyone else. The benefits, as you say, are that you see the holes in your research or challenge yourself to find new angles on a story. And yes I carry that burning torch of hope that some of my descendants might be interested one day.Thanks for reflecting on why we do what we do.

  4. Thank you very much Pauline. I have joined a group whilst in this lockdown and we are writing each fortnight with a scenario in mind. I know what I want to say but putting it down on paper and making it sound interesting to the person who will read it, that is my problem. But here goes.

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