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Write Your Family History Now

Saturday, March 23, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Room

Do the 'Write' Thing for Genealogy, Start Writing Your Family History Now.

Whether you know a lot about your family tree or you've just embarked on your genealogy journey, you can begin to write your family's story right now! Get practical, creative ideas for planning, organizing, and writing a personalized family history that focuses on one ancestor or family, one heirloom or photo, or one occasion. Learn how to look for the dramatic moments and descriptive details that reveal turning points and show the context of your ancestors' lives. You'll be inspired and encouraged to tell your family's story with a clear, engaging narrative and finishing touches like old photos, timelines, and maps.

The speakers are Marian Wood and Wally Wood. Marian is a popular genealogy presenter and the author of the best-selling family history book, Planning a Future for Your Family's Past. Wally is a professional writer and editor who has authored or coauthored 23 business books and three novels. Together, they will demonstrate proven techniques for planning, organizing, and writing family history, with sample write-ups on display to serve as idea-starters.

About the Presenters

Marian Wood is a textbook author, an avid genealogy researcher for 20 years, and a frequent speaker at genealogy conferences and clubs. She has a B.A. from City University of New York and an M.B.A. from Long Island University. Wood is also the author of the popular genealogy book, Planning a Future for Your Family's Past. Visit her website, Climbing My Family Tree.

Wally Wood followed up a career as a magazine editor by writing or coauthoring 23 business books on topics such as marketing and social media. Wally holds a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.A. from City College of New York, and he is currently working on his fourth novel.

Social Hour at 1 p.m.

This is an informal social hour with others who are interested in genealogy. The goal is to share experiences with fellow genealogists and hopefully gain new insights. Think of the most important question or issue that you have about your genealogy. It may be a brick wall that you are facing with one of your ancestors, a question of wanting to know where to find a particular resource, or a success that you are dying to share with the rest of us.

Book Exchange

Bring in genealogy books and periodicals that you are no longer using and make them available to people who can make use of them.


Darien Library is proud to co-sponsor this event with the Middlesex Genealogical Society.

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