Telling Family Stories
The how-to blog for crafting family narratives
Start your private or public blog on Family History Machine. Or migrate over your existing blog from Blogger or another platform.
We are accepting a small number of aleph users to test out our blogging and story development system at Family History Machine.
There are still a lot of rough edges. There will be limited handholding. But we would love to see what other users can create using the same tools we designed for our own needs.
Compelling stories well told don't spring from your imagination fully formed. They are crafted in a process that moves through stages of discovery, synthesis and presentation.
A core principal of scientific investigation, such as when conducting genealogy research, is that you must always document your results. You need a laboratory notebook or investigator's case file.
We built Family History Machine to tell our own Ruby family stories. Click over to the Blog page to explore scores of stories about our family that we investigated and shaped into discrete narratives.
Navigate the family stories and blog posts according to family branch, story theme and investigative technique.
Genealogy is not about the names and dates of your ancestors. It is about bringing those people to life in the context of their place and time.
At Family History Machine, we think the way to do that is by telling stories about our ancestors. True stories, based on factual evidence, but woven into short, memorable narratives.
A family story can be about a particular event or span generations. The storyteller picks the story and the best way to tell it.