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Organizing Your Family History? Consider this Model

by Memoir Mentor on November 14, 2009

If you’re looking for different ways to organize and write a family history about ancestors long gone, here’s a review of an interesting book that may give you some ideas about how to balance historical facts and family story. _______________________________ CNBC news anchor Bill Griffeth received an email from a cousin inquiring whether he had any [...]


Volcanoes, 9-11, and Personal History

by Memoir Mentor on October 14, 2009

I’m reading Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought, which won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2008. It’s a thick book, about the depth of a Los Angeles phone directory, and chock-full of interesting information about, as the subtitle states, “The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.” I’m loving this book, though I have to admit it’s [...]


How to Bring Your Ancestors to Life

by Memoir Mentor on September 9, 2009

My fall classes have begun again and I’m continuing my practice of posting an exemplary student story each week. Once again I’m honoring the work of Carol Enos, who has a special gift for breathing life into her ancestors  by combining known data with research about the era in which they lived. She then uses [...]