Dick Humphrey

Having retired from teaching science and overseeing the IT department at Harvard-Westlake School, Dick Humphrey creates family history projects such as large tree charts, video slide shows and photo-history books. He is an avid researcher and a 20+ year user of Family Tree Maker. A member of the SCGS, he is a regional speaker and the popular leader of the Society's vibrant Family Tree Maker User Group. Dick has completed several photo-history projects which weave together story, images, historical background and genealogical reports. As a former teacher, Dick is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experience with others.

February 4, 2017

11:00 AM - Expanding Facts Into Family History Stories - Writing about Current and Future Ancestors

Often the facts we know about an ancestor are fairly sparse. Various strategies will be presented to enhance scanty data and create more interesting reading. Example will include occupational information from 1800s Scottish census records, court record excerpts that describe early American life, Google map discovery of an Indian trail near an ancestral farm, and documentation of a family heirloom quilt. The goal is to create "stories+ - not lengthy biographies - which engage readers of all ages.

Writing about future ancestors (us!) is challenging in many ways. Questions will be posed with tips and ideas for writing about our own lives. After all, in one hundred years, hopefully our grandchildren and great grandchildren will be curious about us in ways similar to the interest we have in the times of our grandparents. For example, young and old are fascinated with "How I Met My Spouse" stories. A simple sentence like "we met at a church social" can easily be expanded something more interesting when we are accessing our own memories. Additional examples, all from publications Dick has written and created, will address specific childhood memories, holiday traditions and major historical events.


12:30 PM - Find A Grave for the Family Historian

Find A Grave is an increasingly popular, free website listing millions of burials. Besides burial locations, FAG memorial pages may contain useful personal data and photographs of grave markers. For the genealogical researcher, Find A Grave can be a real gold mine.

Having been a Find A Grave contributor for almost seven years, Dick will address these topics:

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