Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What I learned from Leslie Albrecht Huber on Saturday

The Journey TakersLast Saturday found many fortunate genealogy researchers in attendance at the Fairfax Genealogical Society's November Workshop. On deck was author Leslie Albrecht Huber speaking on the subject "Researching and Writing Your Family's Story."

Leslie is the author of The Journey Takers, a book featuring narratives describing the lives of several immigrant ancestors, and her experiences visiting the lands from whence they came. I had previously attended one of Leslie's lectures on getting publishing in magazines, and was favorably impressed by her ease at presenting, and comfort with her topic. Saturday's presentation was no exception.

Encouraging experienced and newbie writers, Leslie reminded us to state facts and clearly labeling our opinions or suppositions in our text. Putting an ancestor into historical perspective was one component of her presentation and among her suggested web resources was one I hadn't considered. What intrigued me was that the site is compiled by librarians, and information for the 1800s and 1900s is arranged by decades.

American Cultural History Pages

A click on the 1830s tab will remind researchers that Arkansas and Michigan were added during that decade, with John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren serving as US President. Additional options on the page include information in the following categories.

A BIG THANK-YOU to the folks at Kingwood College for providing web space for these history-in-a-nutshell pages.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

1 comment:

  1. And another big thank you to you for passing it on. What a great resource. I was looking for something just like this earlier today.