Which Storytelling Hat are You Wearing?

In storytelling as in life, we find ourselves wearing a variety of hats. The professional. The parent. The expert. The questioner. Some situations call for only one hat. Other times, we wear a combination. Which storytelling hat we don as we tell our own and family stories impacts how we’ll narrate the episodes of the past. You don't have to choose Read More

Am I really 37% Irish? Comparing Ethnicity Estimates of 3 DNA-Testing Companies

Discovering my Ethnicity via autosomal DNA testing Taking myself and my sister as a pseudo case-study, I thought it might be interesting to compare the ethnicity estimates obtained through autosomal DNA testing at three different companies.  Note: This is not a detailed comparison of all the DNA-companies and all the features they offer.  Rather, I’ll only compare the origin or ethnicity Read More

Why Family Stories Matter

Most of us believe that family stories matter, but we’re hard put to explain why. Here’s what I came up with. Family is more than the DNA in our cells, more than our biological relatedness. Family is a story in itself—a tale of where we came from. It includes what roads we traveled, what obstacles we faced, and who kept us Read More

Can you give the Gift of Hope?

Can you give the gift of hope? My pastor would probably say no. He recently gave a sermon in which he argued that hope doesn’t come as a gift, neatly wrapped up. It requires discipline and endurance. I get what he’s saying, but I’m not sure he’s right. Or perhaps we’re both right. Hope can arrive as a gift, manifesting itself Read More

Remember the Descendants

In her ongoing Remember the Descendants blog party, Elizabeth O’Neal asks family historians how they plan to preserve genealogical research for future generations. The question is well-put for all memoirists and family storytellers. We’re creating a legacy. Even if you don’t know much about your family’s genealogy, preserving what you do know is important. Preserving Roots, Not Just Branches Knowing where you came Read More

Finding Your Tribe - Worth Writing About

Finding your tribe, the group of people that supports you, or supports a cause you’re invested in, can make all the difference. Knowing you can let your hair down and be yourself is comforting and exhilarating. When it happens, it’s worth writing about. I experienced this during the last two weeks. A group of family historians came together, interested in maintaining Read More

Subscribe to my memory sharing and storytelling newsletter and get your free brainstorming resource "Things I Want to Remember About..."  

Don't Wait. Put the episodes of the past to paper.

Memories Of Me By Laura Hedgecock Read more about Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life...
 
 
 
 
 
buy-now-amazon-2

New Book Release

Blogging for Family History Blogging for Family History: How To Launch a Blog and Make it Successful guides family historians as they identify their blogging goals, determine which website-building platform best fits their needs, configure a site, and create engaging content that connects with readers. Read more...

buy-now-amazon-2

Follow Blog via Email


Resources (besides my book, of course...)

Follow me on Twitter

Copyright Information The contents of all material available on site are copyrighted by Laura Hedgecock unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved. Short quotes are permitted provided a link back to this site and proper attribution to me as the original author is given.
FTC Disclosure I receive a small commission for purchases made via affiliate links on this site such as booksellers, Legacy Republic and Discover Your Ancestors. TreasureChestOfMemories.com only shares products and information that I think my readers will enjoy.