Is Your Tree Well-Sourced? A Free Visual Check Using a Fan Chart

FamilySearch has a Fan Chart display mode you can use as a visual aid to see if your tree has source citations for each person. The tree is color-coded; the darker the color, the more source citations. This is a great tool to help you see which family lines need more research and sourcing.

 

FamilySearch family trees are community-owned trees that anyone can change. That makes one person's research vulnerable to the human error of all others but can also make for a better-researched tree with multiple contributors.

 

 

A Well-Sourced Tree at FamilySearch

This is my husband's family tree. The color key for this chart is:

darkest orange color represents people with 10+ source citationsmedium orange represents 5-9 source citationslight orange represents 1-4 source citationswhite represents 0 (zero) source citations

As you can see from his tree, most of his tree is well-sourc…

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Writing Your Personal History – Types of Histories and Apps and Storytelling Services to Get You Started

My favorite family history possessions are personal histories: Oral Histories, Autobiographies, and Biographies--in any shape or size.   They can be handwritten notes     or stories;     they can be spiral bound and typed     or hardbound and published;     they can be audio or video     comics or graphic novels     or they can simply be voice recordings.   Anything is better than this:     There are many ways to record and share your life story. It doesn't have to be grandiose or hard or expensive. I'll list some storytelling apps and professional service providers below, but my purpose in blogging about writing your personal history is to convince you to Just Do It!   If you feel stuck, read Writer's Block - How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing Your Personal History, otherwise, here are a few basics to consider when Writing Your Personal Histor…
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Writer’s Block–How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing Your Personal History

Most people don't create a personal history but YOU should.   Every life matters and we can all learn from your experiences. Getting started may be the hardest part. If you have writer's block, here's some advice on how to stop making excuses and start writing your personal history.       You can laugh or you can cry. Lighten up. We're all insecure about our voice, written or recorded.   Some of us even stress over creating an answering machine prompt Or panic when invited to leave a message   Tell stories about things that kids today don't even understand   Tell stories about how poor you were. There's so much affluence today, your childhood stories might be an eye-opener   Share stories about how you were raised Get inspired! Listen to other people's stories and histories.  Here are some links to Oral Histories you can watch or listen to online. Here's a site…
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