Category: Genealogy – Genealogists

What Does It Mean to Connect to Family?

Family. That word can mean different things to different people, I have learned. There’s the obvious – the family you’re born into or adopted into – your birth family. In my case, that means my parents and siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. As each generation reaches adulthood, we add spouses or partners and possibly […]

The Trouble with Tree-Thinking Part II

In my prior post, I shared my secret for capturing family history. That secret? Take an event-based approach! So many meaningful memories come from your past interactions with family and friends while you were traveling together or gathered for a special event. You can read all about it here. But how do you do that? How do you capture and share event-based stories? Especially if you’re conditioned to think first about the family tree […]

The Trouble with Tree Thinking 

Have we been “conditioned” to think of our family history like a family tree? Do we automatically think that a family history is mainly about the connections we have to our ancestors?   I think so. You?   And I think it’s why, for many, the notion of starting to pull together stories and photos to share with the rest of the […]

Your ‘DNA Relative Finder’ Found a Distant Cousin. Yay! Now What?

Who shares your DNA? For around $100, people, by the millions, are finding out. There are many reasons why people might want to do this. For those of us with a passion for researching and building out our family’s history, one of the huge benefits is finding distant cousins with whom you share great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, […]

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