There are a lot of genealogy sleuths on twitter. Just follow the #genealogy hashtag to find them. While I haven’t really gotten into genealogy as a general topic, as I tend to write stories and do my research more about my own personal history rather than the larger world history, it is still interesting to see what other people are doing with their histories and stories and what their techniques are for finding information.
Someone posted a link on twitter that led to one page, another page caught my eye, and then this one: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History.
For this project, every week Geneablogger Amy Coffin gives a writing prompt. A writing prompt is an idea, something to write about. You know, sometimes it’s the what could possibly be interesting enough to write about in my memory? that holds someone back from telling their stories. A writing prompt is just a question, and your answer is the story. A writing prompt helps you focus.
The 52 week project started with the new year, so it’s eleven weeks in. But the beauty of a blog is that things can be added, backdated, or scheduled for future posting, so if you’re wanting to write your version of the family story, but can’t think of anything to write about, go check out the list so far, and then check the list every week. At some point there’s going to be an answer that you’ll be excited to write about!
Another option, is that once a family member has posted an answer to a writing prompt, you can add your memory in that post’s comments.
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See A Note About Registering For This Project in the sidebar for a short blurb on who can and can’t comment on the site and why.