Besides having both breakfast and lunch (if we wanted to) for the price on one admission to the Timber Creek Buffet, the January 2015 meeting of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society was well attended and enjoyed by all.
Kimberly Morgan and her husband Chris, drove over from Hayden Lake, Idaho, to share a presentation with us titled, "Tall Tales, Ghost Stories & Wacky Family History." I thought she was going to tell us stories from her family but instead she introduced us to the idea of writing the stories of our own wacky ancestors.
Kim explained that there are several writing styles that could be used to compose your own story and none are "right" and none are "wrong." What method you choose depends on which one fits your personality style.
"Memoring" is writing down memories triggered by emotion and seldom is chronological.
"Imagination" is presenting the truth...... or the truth as you know it.
"Compassion" is knowing how to include unpleasantness in your story.
Everybody seemed to tune in to her explanation of the bubble concept. "Let your memories rise as a big bubble in water, look at it, remember it before it pops and is gone. Some memory bubbles you may want to revisit more than once and some never again. So it is with stories of your family."
Visit Kim's website: www.findingancestors.net. You'll see there that she is offering a free workshop on 24 January 2015 at the Hayden Public Library. Well worth the short drive over.
The next meeting of the EWGS will be on Saturday, February 7th, at the downtown Spokane Library. Sherrie DeWitt, Director of the Northside Family History Center, will come teach us about all the new developments in FamilySearch. Don't miss this!