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Genealogy Presentations At Family Reunions

Anyone who has embarked on a study of ones genealogy cannot ignore the fascination of traveling from country to country, sailing overseas and moving in and out of time from civil war to world war to chronicle the generations who survived under a surname all from ones own computer screen.

Once you have compiled your genealogy and thus your family history what now? By all means prepare tell the story like know else could at the next family reuion.

Story telling is a powerful art that does a better job presenting the history of family than any chart or visual display. But not everyone knows how to tell a good story. Let alone keep it interesting and short enough to keep listeners coming back for more. That said putting together a good story involved many talents. A writer, researcher, humorist, historian and one capable of seeing and adding zest and drama when and where it actaully happened. The end product is not just a good story from which books are written and movies made, but the stuff from which family pride a little self-worth and a strong sense of purpose is made.

Finding story telling talent may not be as difficult as one might think. Most families have numerous artists. Some that have mastered the canvas while others masterful composers of music and poetry. Most families have at least one who is an accomplished story teller. Bring them together and show them your genealogical works. Assign them tasks to bring the work to life.

Once the story begins to unfold from the pages of your research to the pages of a manuscript, canvas or piano keyboard the story can then take form and translate records and documents into something even more wonderful, a living breathing story of generations.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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