family history writing, vermont genealogy
family history writing
You’ve done your genealogy research, and you want to share it with your family. My story of your family will make your ancestors come alive to others.
Taking the facts you have gleaned — names, birth, occupations, marriages, and deaths — I research them in their time and place. Using old maps, photographs, and deed records we work to locate their homes. Social and political history research places them in the context of their era. Old newspapers supply clues and details.
Local historical societies and archives offer more particulars. If possible, I travel to where your ancestors lived and literally walk the streets they walked, locating houses, stores, and other buildings while getting a feel for the landscape and flavor of the place. I combine it all to write your ancestor's unique story and paint a picture of them in their life.
For examples of my writing see my blog.
Do you have questions about a Vermont ancestor's life? Do you live too far away to retrieve Vermont genealogy records?
Not all records are online. Many undigitized documents sit in local museums, libraries, town offices, and archives. Perusing them helps identify ancestors and place them in a location and a point in time.
Vermont birth, marriage, death, and land records are still held in Town Clerk's offices. Court records reside at the Vermont State Archives. Bringing them out of the vault and into the light can help illuminate your family's story.
If you are a professional genealogist I can conduct the Vermont portion of your project or retrieve local records for you.