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MONDAY MUSINGS: Are you a data collector or a storyteller?

Do you collect only names and dates of family ancestry? Then you are missing the most enjoyable part of genealogy. By uncovering facts and data about an ancestor, often a life story will begin to unfold which can often be related to a wonderful story.

Facts do not capture emotion

Genealogy facts remain cold and unemotional until they are assembled with historical data and events. Historical facts help one gain a feel for ancestor’s place in history such as where and why they made decisions. Some historical event may have actually caused a move or life change in an ancestor’s life.

Stories create interest

Everyone enjoys a good story, especially a true one about an ancestor. By including family stories in genealogy data, other family members may become interested and help in your genealogy research.

My own genealogy interest originated from listening to stories by our family historian at a reunion which eventually culminated in my historical fiction series, Tapestry of Love.

As family historians and genealogists, we play an important part in preserving family stories. One of our AP contributing authors sent a good article about our role as storytellers in the story,  WE ARE THE STORYTELLERS that explains the importance of including stories in family research.

East Lake Park, Birmingham, Alabama ca. 1910 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Inspire others with a story

Don’t forget to preserve the life stories of your family members for future generations along with all the genealogical facts. You never know who you might inspire with a family story.

TAPESTRY OF LOVE (3 Book Series) The history of colonial Virginia and Maryland come alive in this action-packed novel which will appeal to a wide-range audience.

  1. Ribbon of Love
  2. Faith and Courage
  3. FreeHearts

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Laura Roberson

    That s what I tell others when I help them learn how to research. Look for the stories to make the names come to life.

  2. Arah Ringnell

    Read Yours Til Death – letters from a soldier to his wife❤️

  3. Anita Ashworth

    Definitely the stories. There are so many stories in an old Will, newspaper articles, military records, or diary entry. Even a death certificate will give you clues about your ancestor.

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