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Funeral Home Records

& Creating Children's Stories

with Michael John Neill

of Genealogy Tip of the Day

Unburying Funeral Home Records

"Unburying Funeral Home Records" is a discussion of the records typically kept by funeral homes, determining if the home is still in existence, and locating where the records of the home may be presently located. Some funeral home records have been donated to private or public archives, historical/genealogical societies, etc. As private records, these materials are not necessarily available to anyone who wants to see them just because their relative's name is contained in these records. 

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Creating Children's Stories from Genealogy Information



See ways to weave genealogical records about your ancestor into a story

appropriate for a child. Good news? No citations!

This presentation will discuss ways that ancestral stories—obtained from current documents and records—can be converted to children's stories. The created story is not necessarily going to be entirely genealogically accurate. The goal of stories for children is to hopefully nurture an interest in their family history, not bore them to tears with an endless list of names and dates. We will discuss the need to omit certain details, fictionalize dialogue, and keep the story at the appropriate age level.

We will encourage attendees to develop their stories orally as well as via the written word, reminding them that sometimes it's easier to transcribe a spoken story than it is to write it from scratch.

Specific examples discussed will be a story created from an 1820 pig theft in Kentucky, a Nebraska homesteader, and a migration from Indiana to Illinois during the Civil War. We'll see the actual story and the age-appropriate story that was created from it.

The session will conclude with ways to preserve and share the story—and the current experience that precipitated the creation of the story as well.


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