These testimonials and reviews cover online courses run in 2017 and 2018:
Having spent many years amassing piles of research into my family history I found I had records on family tree programs, in note-books, in files, and folders containing certificates. Each piece of information provided a snap-shot of a moment in time for an ancestor but simply read as a list of events and dates. I wanted to try to present it in a more interesting way to preserve those facts in a readable narrative. A narrative that other family members might also enjoy. Gill’s courses have been outstanding in helping me to achieve that. There has been encouragement every step of the way, from the first attempts at just a few sentences to pieces of several thousand words.
Writing Your Family History is a wonderful course for getting the impetus to start writing about your ancestors. For myself, I had done a fair amount of research, but I just couldn’t get started on the writing. Gill Blanchard gives students a number of exercises and feedback that gets you writing. I have now written a substantial chapter about one of my ancestors and I am starting on several other chapters. It’s a great sense of accomplishment. I highly recommend this course. It could actually be a few weeks longer, since the feedback and online writing group were so motivational for writing. The online aspect takes a little getting used to, but it works out well thereafter. I highly recommend Gill’s book, Writing Your Family History, as well.
Dorothy Lyon. America
A couple of years ago some members of my family asked me to share my family history research. I looked at the list of dates that I had compiled for each person, going back to the fifteenth century, and became aware of just how boring and off putting it would seem to anyone not infected by the family history bug. It needed to be turned into a more digestible and engaging format, a narrative telling the story of our family. I had an attempt but struggled to work out how to organise all my material and how to make those dry and dusty early relatives interesting.
About to give up, I came across an online course that had just begun, run by Gill Blanchard. It seemed fortuitous. I rang Gill immediately, begging her to let me join the course even though it had already started. How glad I am that I did. That first course taught me, not only how to write, but how to plan, how to enliven my ancestors’ stories by placing them in the context of their time and place and where to search for the requisite information. I learned to edit my writing, to critique my own stories and those of others. By the end of that first course, I knew what I was doing and how to continue.
Thank you for everything over the past 2+ years. It has been a real pleasure and you have, I believe, turned me into an author. I will forever be in your debt.
Sue P. Cambridgeshire
I’ve really enjoyed the course and learned a lot, thank you. It’s been a real encouragement and I’m looking forward to starting Module 2 next month where I plan to build on the story and aim to turn it into a book.
Thank you so much for setting me on the road to being a writer of family history.
Mike Davis. Hampshire