- My publications and the stories about them.
- The classes I teach at family history and genealogy conferences about writing a personal history and new ways to publish a personal or family history.
- A list of resources that might be helpful in writing a personal history. Plus a list of resources for publishing.
Benjamin Kingman Curtis: History of Service in the Civil War (Michigan 5th Cavalry, Company B) (Sandy, Utah: self-published, 2000, 23 pgs). I created this booklet for the family reunion we held at his grave site in Preston, Idaho. During the reunion we added a new headstone to his grave that detailed his dates of service in the US Civil War. Descendants came from several states and everyone brought photos and other items that had been handed down in their family. The booklet was updated and republished through Lulu.com in 2010.
Love in the 50's, (Lehi, Utah: CherishBound, Inc., 2008, 25 p). I invited my parents over for dinner one Sunday afternoon, but there was a catch. I told them that I was going to do something special with both of them after dinner and that it would take about a half hour. My dad teased me about it and knew I had something up my sleeve. After dinner I sat at the head of the table and I had my mom and dad sit on my right and left, across from each other. I gave them both a booklet and a pen so they could write. Then I asked them a question and gave them both five minutes to write down their answers. Then I asked another question, ending up with about five or six questions. Dad joked several times about the questions and said it was so long ago that he couldn't remember. Love in the 50's is a result of that interview. The book was organized as a "He said, She said" with mom's response on one page and dad's response on the next page. I added to the story with some of the sentiments they wrote to each other when dad was in Korea, which was before they were married. The book of their love story is a treasured story in our family today.
"The History and the Future of the FamilySearch Research Wiki," Crossroads, (Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Genealogical Association, March 2010, p. 167-170). I was invited to write an article about the Wiki for the UGA publication. I had been involved with the development of the wiki from the beginning and capturing the history in a written publication was a good exercise to do. Without taking the time to write down the history of anything we do, the actual events and milestones are quickly forgotten.
Through the Years: holiday memories, (Murray, Utah: Cherish Bound, Inc., 2008, 25 pg). This is a little book that captures a specific holiday memory on each page. The memory on each page was built into the template, so all I had to do was find a picture that represented each typical holiday memory and add a caption to share more details about the family memories. This was a fun and easy book to create. The ease of this project taught me how important it is to capture all our small memories because they collectively weave a full story for us to enjoy and pass on to the next generations.
My Presentations about Writing and Publishing