The Family History Writing Studio

Writing Ancestor Profiles


The Perfect Place to Begin

Ancestor Profiles are the perfect place to start if you’re new to writing family history.  If you haven’t written before and you want to start writing about your ancestors then look no further. We take the mystery out of writing and you’ll leave with skills that you’ll carry for life.

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We take all the mystery out of writing about your ancestors in this 6-week course. Students get hands-on experience in crafting an ancestor profile from their own research. Students will start from the basics, choosing an ancestor to write about through to a complete 1200 word ancestor profile.  Each week students learn new techniques to layer into their profile.

Students will also learn to write a variety of profiles including snapshot profiles and obituaries. You’ll learn how to begin and end your profiles, finding a focus and planning and organizing your profile. Once you learn to write one profile you’ll be able to apply the same techniques to all the ancestors in your tree.

Ancestor Profiles make great blog posts and work nicely in your Legacy Family History books.

Join us for this new 6-week course – no writing experience required.

Week 1 – Choosing Your Subject

  • What is a profile?
  • Learn who makes a great profile subject
  • Gathering Research – where to look

Week 2 – Learning to Shape a Profile

  • Basic elements of a profile
  • Organizing the profile
  • Characterization
  • Interviewing Tips

Week 3 –  Filling the Profile with Details and Description

  • Characterization
  • Using the Senses
  • Lead Ins – Options for opening the profile

Week 4 – Making Your Profile Active and Engaging

  • Using scenes and dialogue
  • How to Show and  Tell
  • Writing obits

Week 5 –  More than Facts and Footnotes

  • Learn to give your profile depth that goes beyond the facts and footnotes
  • Focus on adding decisive moments or turning points and themes
  • Endings

Week 6 – Bringing It All Together

  • Complete a 1200 word ancestor profile
  • Learn where to use profiles and how to weave them into a larger narrative.

During this 6-week course, students will complete an exercise in brainstorming and gathering material, planning a profile, writing a profile from an interview, writing a snapshot profile, writing an obit and writing a 1200 word ancestor profile.

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