My Personal Hero and Why

Who’s your personal hero? Who’s protected you physically? Who inspires you to be a better version of yourself? One of my heroes has never been in a situation to do the former, although I’m sure she would. I can’t count the times my personal hero inspired me and taught me that love always wins. I met Gail in 1998, on the Read More

How TapGenes Helps Tell and Change Family Health Stories

TapGenes, an application that helps families compile their health information, won the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Summit. Last month, I caught up with CEO Heather Holmes to see what difference a year makes. Our Interview (In case you’re wondering, I am not affiliated with TapGenes. I just like the platform. Much of TapGenes is free to use.) How TapGenes Helps Families Tell their Stories TapGenes Read More

Why You Should Tell Family Health Stories

When we’re writing our family’s history, we tend to skip over the family health stories. With the exceptions of gory accidents or war injuries, health—or lack of it—gets a subtle billing. It often only rates a simple note of what the attending physician scrawled on a death certificate. I get it. War stories, including injuries, inspire the imagination. Plus, they possess a Read More

What LeVar Burton Taught Us About Storytelling Made Us Cry

A keynote speaker at RootsTech's first-ever African Heritage Day, LeVar Burton taught us about storytelling and reaching hearts and minds. By the end, he also had us all reaching for tissues. This isn’t another report on my fabulous time at the RootsTech genealogy conference. It’s a testimony on how great storytelling can change perspectives. I just hope I can do it Read More

Understanding Your Roots aka My 7x Great-Grandfather Beat a Horse

Research isn’t what genealogy is all about. It’s about understanding your roots. Knowing where you came from is part of your story. What makes you uniquely you. Sometimes, though, we don’t like the facts we find. (See Facing Ancestors’ Pasts & Not Liking What We See) We’re tempted to ignore them, make light of them, or re-frame them.  The problem is, Read More

Exciting New Apps for Family Storytellers

RootsTech is a great place to discover apps for family storytellers. In fact, Rootstech is to storytellers as Virginia is to lovers. A homeplace. A source of inspiration. A show case of innovation. Innnovator Summit’s Apps for Storytellers Although FamilySearch’s Steve Rockwood advised innovators to look beyond the storytelling, thankfully a couple of this year’s innovators didn’t get the memo. Emberall helps you Read More

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