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Research Notes 2020-6-29

Research Notes

Looking for family history classes you can attend online? Check out the Family History Library Classes and Webinars page and you will find an impressive schedule for July. The toughest part is keeping up with the time changes. There is no cost to attend these events.

Spend a few minutes looking around and you will find an impressive number of previous classes. Some have recordings you can click to view. Even if you can’t view an older class, you can still download the handout. Not a bad deal!


Recommended reading . . .

Do you have a box of mementos you’d love to turn into a book? Discover where to start and how to choose a format to bring your ancestry to life. Annette Gendler is the author of How to Write Compelling Stories from Family HistoryThis book is full of ideas to capture your family’s interest in their ancestry. I “borrowed” the book yesterday using my Kindle Unlimited supscription and spent most of the afternoon reading it. Here’s the paragraph that sent me back to Amazon to order the paperback edition ($8.95). “An autobiography is expected to tell everything: in contrast, a memoir tells something, namely whatever can be shared about the chosen topic. This is one reason why memoir lends itself well to writing stories from family history: You often don’t know all the details, or maybe you aren’t free to write about everything. ” Memoir lets you be selective. It lets you pick the relevant stories and add photos, letters, diaries and other ephemera your research discovers.

Still looking for even more genealogy reading goodness? A good place to start is goodreads ( The best way to describe goodreads is a social network focused on reading. At goodreads you can build your own library and easily find them even as your collection grows.


Here you see my personal library. The books I buy from Amazon are automatically added to My Books and I can manually add books I get from other sources. These are digital books so I have easy access to any of them at any time and from any place where I have a WiFi or cellular connection.

Books are the focus but there’s more to goodreads . . . lots more. In the Community section you can join groups (yes, there are genealogy groups), meet authors, join discussions and get to know others via goodreads. It’s a book lovers dream.

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