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Family History Writing SIG

Monday, December 04, 2023, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC-05:00)
Zoom Meeting Only

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Event Contact(s):
Sean Furniss
Family History Writing SIG
Registration is not Required
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At the December 4th meeting we will review Julie Flake's manuscript "The Forgotten Family of John Adams of Chequer Hall, Ballyweaney, County Antrim, Ireland," an article about finding a parent and siblings of an Irish linen-maker. She is thinking about publishing it. Her first thought was to submit it to Familia, the journal of the Ulster Historical Foundation in Northern Ireland.

We are looking for manuscripts to review at the January 2nd, and February 5th meetings. If you have a manuscript you are writing for your family or publication, members of the Family History Writers’ Special Interest Group would enjoy reading and reviewing your family narratives to help you to make them even better.

We are all at different levels of writing skills and experience, and we enjoy helping each other. Whether questions of grammar, comma usage, spelling variations, or those fiendish footnotes, we welcome the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues.

If you wish to be added to the members' list to receive a copy of the draft manuscript by email and join the online meetings, please send your name and email address to SIG co-leader Sean Furniss at

Join us at the online Zoom meeting and see how historical context can be incorporated into family history narratives. See how two stories can be told at once, placing the protagonist in the center of the action, adding suspense, injecting drama, and using dialogue to move the story forward.

Fairfax Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 2290

Merrifield, Virginia 22116-2290