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Surname Saturday – October 12, 2013

Surname Saturday? What is THAT?!

Surname Saturday is one of the blogging themes many use to encourage people to talk about and share information on their surnames. Plus, Geneabloggers rolls up these posts on Saturday on their website making them easier to find.

What should you write about on Surname Saturday on your blog? There are many options like discussing one particular surname or discussing the research on one side of the family in regards to the surname.

What might this look like? Using an example from my own research, I’d talk about the surnames in my upcoming book, Stories of the Lost, which are KOKOSKA, PRIVOZNIK, WINKLER, and BROUK. All of these families originated in Bohemia and ended up in Chicago. My blog post might also include bits of information on the heads of household or the men I discuss in my book.

What does this have to do with Sort Your Story? Each profile you have in your system is setup by surname! This makes it very easy for you to pull information on individual people or a family with one surname.

Are you ready to give it a try? Post your Surname Saturday blog post URL in the comments below so everyone can read it OR comment about your surnames here. Be sure to leave your contact information in case someone wants to connect!

© 2013, Sort Your Story, Sonoma, CA


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