Saving More Than Names and Dates

genealogy storiesHow to Use This Site

My name is Nancy Hendrickson and I’m passionate about family history. I built this site to (hopefully) inspire you to start saving your family stories and photographs.

(As a life-long genealogy buff and author (Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com and Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook) I’ve filled this site with articles and  images to help you achieve that goal. Whether you’ve been searching for decades or just a few months, welcome!

What to do next:

  1. First, join my mailing list (signup box in right column) to receive access to my free guide to saving family stories.
  2. Read the blog.
  3. Use the Search box if you’re looking for something specific
  4. Use the Ancestors World articles to discover major events during an ancestor’s lifetime and incorporate them into your software
  5. Read my article on the five reasons you haven’t started your family story project (click the link below)
  6. Check out the bottom of the page for topics of interest
  7. Tell your genealogy friends about my site. The more the merrier.

My Solution for the Five Reasons You Haven’t Started Your Family Story Project

Some Ideas for Incorporating Everyday Life & History Into Family Stories

  1. The Spanish Soldier
  2. The 18th Century Blacksmith
  3. Family Camping – 5 Ideas for Great Stories
  4. Grandparent Stories
  5. Words & Pictures

If you want to capture family stories

See my quick and easy method for capturing “little” stories



It's easy to make a family story book. It doesn't have to be long or complex or take years to create. A family story book can be as simple as collecting photos and snippets of stories about your family or your ancestors.