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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, March 2, 2012


GeneaBloggers Radio Episode 57

Telling The Story of Your Family History

Friday, March 2, 2012
9pm-10:30pm Eastern US
8-9:30pm Central US
7-8:30pm Mountain US
6-7:30pm Pacific US
2am London UK
1pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Telling The Story of Your Family History

This week our show is entitled Telling The Story of Your Family History with this week’s co-host Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist. Our special guests will include:  Carol Rice, founder of Cherish Bound and Executive Chair of the upcoming Story@Home conference in Salt Lake City, March 9-10, 2012 – Carol will explain this exciting new event to our listeners and how to get involved. Lynn Palermo of The Armchair Genealogist blog in Ontario, Canada who will discuss the Family History Writing Challenge she recently developed. Finally, we’ll chat with Tami Koenig of Your Story Coach and author of the Creating Your Personal Timeline eBook and discuss the importance of writing your family history.

Special Co-Host: Lisa Alzo

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak AncestorsWriting Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree MagazineFamily ChronicleInternet GenealogyAPG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa writes the “The Accidental Genealogist” blog.



Carol Rice
Carol Rice

Carol grew up in a home rich with family heritage. Her mother loved genealogy and knew how to breathe life into dusty documents and bring color to faded black and white photos by telling stories.  As a grown woman with five children of her own, she tried to do the same. For years she did it through scrapbooking, but it didn’t take long to realize that it wasn’t her artistic skills her children really cared about, it was the stories behind the pictures and pedigrees that really caught their attention. As a product of her mother’s expertise and her own experiences, it was her desire to help other families have what she had growing up. With the help of a wonderful team, that effort has become an amazing company called Cherish Bound, whose mission is to help every family create a library of their own personal stories – and provide you with whatever help you need, every step of the way.   Carol has also served as an Executive Director for the prestigious Timpanogos Storytelling Institute and as Finance Chair of the National Storytelling Network.  She is currently Executive Chair for the Story@Home conference being held March 9-10, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Lynn Palermo

Lynn Palermo

I am a freelance writer and family historian with a particular interest in writing life stories. I live in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada with my husband and two daughters.

I have a background in management, human resources and training. I have authored my own family history book, The Waters of My Ancestors and I have written articles for several genealogy magazines, including Internet Genealogy, Family Chronicle and Discovering Family History.

I began my own family history over 7 years ago, I had no idea where it would take me. It has and continues to be a journey of self discovery.

A new wave of genealogist continues to emerge as genealogy transforms into an online hobby. The Armchair Genealogist is a direct result of those family historians who do the majority of their research from their lazyboy and laptop in effort to meet their educational and research needs.

If this is you, then you have come to the right place. Our primary focus is sharing information on how to research your family tree via the internet. Through my own personal experiences, trials and tribulations as well as valuable input from my readers we will share the tools to help you reveal the life stories of your ancestors. Occasionally, I will encourage you to get out of your armchair for a genealogical excursion. The Armchair Genealogist is proud to have been nominated as one of Family Tree Magazines Top 40 Blogs for 2011.

My primary focus will be to provide you with the tools to not only discover your ancestors but to write their stories. After all what is the point of genealogy if not to write the stories of our ancestors as a legacy to the generations to come. We will explore all the options available in bringing your stories to fruition, as there is nothing more moving and powerful then sharing your family story.



Tami Koenig
Tami Koenig

Tami Koenig is an award-winning writer and multimedia producer. She’s spent the last 25 years working with museums, historical societies, educators, and corporations, helping them shape and share the stories they want to tell. Whether it’s an exhibit on 200 years of constitutional history for the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia or an exhibit on rock and roll for the Experience Music Project in Seattle—it all comes down to storytelling.

With Your Story Coach, Tami brings those storytelling skills to individuals. She promotes the value of personal stories and through her blog, classes, and one-on-one coaching, she inspires people to preserve memories and share stories. She not only helps people write their stories, she also works with them to create print-on-demand books, heirloom archives, heritage albums, even CDs and DVDs—using whatever medium works best to share their personal and family histories.

Tami has just released Creating Your Personal Timeline, an electronic workbook to help individuals document the people, places, and events that have made their lives unique. She’s used this workbook for years as a tool to help clients create a fact database of their lives before they start writing their stories. By doing the work of a personal timeline up front, they don’t have to stop mid-story to track down factual information.

Your Story Coach’s tagline is “Preserving Memories | Sharing Stories.”  Tami says, “Most of us are compelled to tell our stories, to leave an imprint of who we are and the life we’ve lived. I believe it’s human nature to tell our stories, and the process of telling them helps us understand, learn from, and share our lives.”


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