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Follow Friday – Get Kids Writing!

Sort Your Story software is a great tool for kids to use when starting their family history. Why? Because it offers them the opportunity to focus on one ancestor at a time. They can create and complete one profile with all the records, photographs, and stories they have at their disposal. Focusing on one ancestor at a time benefits kids and their research and writing because…….

  • It allows them to accomplish a task and feel good about completing a project.
  • It allows them to see the gaps in their research.
  • It allows them to create a list of the records and details they need to find.
  • Focusing on one ancestor (or themselves) allows kids to write short stories or make comments about that individual which can be used later to write a longer, more detailed story.

Where is a good place for a child to begin in Sort Your Story? With themselves! Help your child sit and complete a profile on themselves. Within each record folder they add to their profile, encourage them to write a short story about themselves.

Need help with some ideas? We found a blog A Reel Cool Summer that offers 14 weeks of writing prompts for kids ages 5 and up, to write about their summer vacation. Use these prompts to get kids writing. They can use these pieces in their personal profile and the ideas to write about other ancestors. What do I mean by this? Have the child create a profile for themselves and then one for each parent. After they write their summer vacation prompts, you as the parent, should write also. The child can then compare and contrast their experiences with yours which will make the profiles and future stories even richer.

So what are you waiting for? Purchase and download Sort Your Story today if you have not already done so and start profiling and writing! Let us know what you think about the software and writing prompts. How did they help you and your child get started or continue your family history? We’d love to hear from you!

© 2013, Sort Your Story, Sonoma, California


Thoughts on Networking at FGS

Written by Jennifer Holik

Last week I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in Ft. Wayne, IN. It was an excellent conference filled with friends, lectures, vendors, and lots of networking opportunities! When most people think of a conference, they think lectures and workshops. Which ones should I attend and how will those help me with my

At the FamilySearch Blogger Dinner.

At the FamilySearch Blogger Dinner.

personal research, society obligations, or business? While lectures and workshops are a very important component of conferences, we must not forget the networking component.

I arrived at the conference on Tuesday afternoon and spent dinner with the FamilySearch team at their Blogger Dinner. I saw old friends and made new ones and spoke with representatives from FamilySearch. On Wednesday I attended a couple sessions in the morning and spent the rest of the day chatting with people and writing. Thursday and Friday I attended one or two lectures and the APG luncheon where the great John Colletta spoke and had everyone in stitches with his PowerPoint presentation.

What did I do the rest of the time? I networked in the vendor hall! Yes, I spent countless hours meeting new people, firming up relationships with others, and working with new groups to start grassroots projects. I came home with two new volunteer projects to head up, a contact on the east coast who does Italian research in Italy, new friends and plenty of inspiration and ideas for my writing, research, volunteer positions, and business.

The next time you attend a day-long seminar or several day conference, don’t forget to take time to network and meet new people. You never know when you will meet someone who will help change your research or your life!

© 2013 Sort Your Story, Sonoma, CA