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Announcements: New Book Award and New Website

by Memoir Mentor on June 9, 2015

I received news recently that my family history, The Parrett Migration, was chosen the best historical biography submitted for the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award. That’s good news indeed, and completely unexpected. That little sticker in the upper right corner of the book is one award committee’s stamp of approval. Just what the doctor ordered. Every writer needs […]


A Book is Born! The Parrett Migration

by Memoir Mentor on June 12, 2014

When I was a bride in my twenties (many years ago), my husband and I stopped at a farm in Locust Grove, Iowa, on a cross-country trip to the East Coast. The farm was owned by Ken and Lois Parrett, distant cousins of mine I had never heard of until that day. They took me […]


Connecting the Generations

by Memoir Mentor on May 24, 2014

Over the years, many of my students have complained about children who show little interest in their family history. “I don’t know why I’m working so hard on my family history,” they tell me. “No one in my family will read it.” Sound familiar? Sometimes it’s difficult to get young people interested in their forebears–older […]