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Name change for Family Chronicle

family chronicle cover

January/February 2015 issue

Family Chronicle: A how-to-guide for tracing your ancestors recently arrived at my door, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

I learned about the publication when giving at talk at South Whidbey Genealogical Society. It’s a Canadian magazine with 80-percent distribution in the U.S. You’ll find it at many libraries and genealogical societies, and also in the magazine section at Barnes & Noble. And, I’m proud to announce, my article: “My Ancestor Was a Blacksmith!” appears in the January/February 2015 issue.

ancestor was a blacksmith



But that’s not all. There are a lot of great articles in this issue, including one on clues for discovering more about your family’s musical traditions. Here’s an excerpt from “Music in the Family”

Estate records for farmers often mention small bells that were placed on harnesses, or around the necks of sheep and cattle. … One bell was enough for a flock of sheep. The bell was placed around the neck of a “wether”, a castrated ram that the flock would follow. Called a bellwether, this term has evolved into a word for a person or group that leads followers into a coming social or political trend.

Love it! There are also articles on finding African American ancestors before 1866, a “Primer on the Russian Language and Names,” a primer on using DNA in genealogy research, and, my personal favorite, a great article called “Black Sheep, Loose Nuts, and Family Secrets,” about how to handle those skeletons in the closet.

The articles are all well written and informative. But one caveat — the publication won’t be called Family Chronicle for long. Beginning with the March issue, the magazine will continue under a new name: “Your Genealogy Today.” I’m really glad I found this publication, and honored to be in such good company.

Writing family history

Is there a story in your family you’ve always wanted to record, for posterity? A family member who is getting older, who you’ve always wanted to interview? Or are there cherished stories from your own experiences growing up that you’d like to share with the generations that follow? Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming to know where to begin, but I encourage you to give it a try, both for your sake, and for those who come after you.

Plenty of resources for writing family history can be found on the web. Below are just a few:

Cyndi’s List 127 links to writing your family’s history – http://www.cyndislist.com/writing/

10 Steps To Writing Your Family History – http://genealogy.about.com/od/writing_family_history/a/write.htm

Ancestors: Writing Your History – http://www.byub.org/ancestors/records/familyhistory/intro2.html

Family History Lesson (from LDS genealogy site): Conduct Family History Interviews – http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp?page=home/welcome/site_resources.asp%3FwhichResourcePage=fhlessonseries

Family History Lesson (from LDS genealogy site): Write a Personal History – http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp?page=home/welcome/site_resources.asp%3FwhichResourcePage=fhlessonseries

Have fun!

Genealogy research to novel

Thanks to President Gary Zimmerman and newsletter editor Joan Wilson, I am delighted to be able to direct you to the Fiske Genealogical Foundation Summer 2012 Newsletter, where my article “From Genealogy Research to Novel” appears (once at the site, click on Summer 2012 Fiske Newsletter Now Available to download the pdf). Also note on page 7 of the newsletter, the section on the lower right about “Fiske Writing Aids,” which lists further resources for writing family history.

Fiske Genealogical Foundation is a nonprofit service organization that provides genealogical training and resource materials. Currently, their library is celebrating its 20th anniversary in its Pioneer Hall (Madison Park, Seattle) location.