For family historians who want to learn to  

      Shape Genealogy into Shareable Stories          

Getting Ready to Write: Organizing You, Your Research and Your Ancestors 

My name is Lynn Palermo and I am a family history writing coach. I would love to help you get started writing your family history stories. 

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Start Your Writing Journey with
Getting Ready to Write Workbook #1 
Before we begin to write our stories we first have to get organized. Organizing our research, ourselves and our ancestors will go a long way in helping us from becoming overwhelmed and will set us on a path to success.  
  • Manage Your Research: Writing a family history can be overwhelming.  When be put in place an organizational system to corral the chaos it becomes much easier to focus on the writing.  In Getting Ready to Write, we show you how to create a workflow that manages your research, the citations and the writing. 
  • Brainstorm Your Story: Before we begin to write our family history stories it's important to have a plan and to understand the scope and span of our story or book.  With a plan in place success is much more attainable.  In Workbook #1 we help you to find a structure for your story. 
  • Establish a Writer Mindset: Nobody is born a writer. But with time and practice and a few tools you can learn the craft. In Workbook #1, we help you make writing a part of your life so you can get your family history stories written. 

In the Book, You Will:

Identify the Scope and Span of Your Story or Book

It's important to have a vision, an end game before you begin your project.  In our workbook we help you identify the scope and span of your story or book including surname strategies.

Learn to Create a Workflow

We identify three organizational spaces that are involved in writing your family history stories and show you how to create an efficient and productive workflow. 

Learn How to Shape a Life into a Story

Learn how to find the story in your ancestor's research. Discover the focus of the story and how to frame it with a beginning, middle and end. 

Discover How To Make Writing Part of Your Life

Writing takes time and patience. Learn how to find and make time in your schedule and how to set up a writing routine. 

What People Are Saying

“ Lynn’s teachings have given us the tools to carefully craft our stories for the enjoyment by our families. I have learnt so much.”


"Lynn is a fantastic instructor with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share."


About the Author: Lynn Palermo

Lynn Palermo is a family historian and a passionate family history writer. Lynn has written her own family history book and understands the struggles family historians face when shaping their genealogy into stories. She is the owner of  the blog The Armchair Genealogist. You'll find her blogging most days offering readers practical advice about researching their family history. As a freelance writer she has written for Internet Genealogy, Discovering Family History and Family Chronicle. 

​Lynn has been teaching for the past 5 years at the Family History Writing Studio, where she shares her insights in writing family history stories. She continues to develop her own knowledge as she works towards a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. 

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