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Turning Dry Facts into Exciting Details (Webinar)

  • 14 Sep 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Hosted by IGSI via GoToWebinar
Presented by Carol Baxter, hosted by the Irish Genealogical Society International
a virtual program - from the comfort and safety of your desk

$15 for IGSI members (with Discount Code sent in member email); $20 for non-members

photo of speaker Carol BaxterThe ancestral facts that seem to us as precious as gold when we discover them, yet can seem dry when incorporated into a family history. How can we make our family histories interesting to our broader family? Some genealogists resort to fictionalizing their histories. However, the broader family usually has little interested in “recreated” scenes or “reimagined” dialogue. They want to know what really happened. So the author’s efforts may have an audience of only one: themselves.

Most genealogists write their family histories in the “encyclopaedia style” because this is the easiest nonfiction writing style for unskilled and skilled writers alike. However, while the dry facts we’ve found are the foundations of our family histories, they should only be used as stepping stones to more interesting information. They should never be the destination in themselves. This webinar provides different strategies for turning these dry facts into exciting narrative.  

Carol Baxter’s career as a professional genealogist began when she was appointed Project Officer of the Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record (ABGR), which later became the Biographical Database of Australia. She edited many volumes of early colonial records. For her services to Australian genealogy and history she became a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England (NSW).

Registration will open approximately 90 days before the program.
IGSI members will receive a Discount code via email. You can reach the IGSI Education Team at Education@IrishGenealogical.org

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