Professor of family history to speak at genealogy meeting


    By April Holthaus
    Special to The PREVIEW
    The Archuleta Genealogy Society is hosting Katherine Sturdevant, a professor of family history at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs and a national genealogical conference speaker.
    There will be two separate workshops on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. You are welcome to come for the day or attend only the seminar you find speaks to your family history need.
    Please bring your lunch. Drinks and snacks will be provided. The meeting is to be held at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street.
    Session one: “Keeping it Honest: Creative Non-Fiction Writing Techniques for Family History.” Your family history can be an accurate record for posterity and still have plot, characters, mystery, romance, humor and even smell. This workshop includes why it is urgent to record family stories.
    This session will also include:
    • How to use creative nonfiction writing methods to bring them to life.
    • How to approach these projects incrementally.
    • How to make them more manageable and more publishable.
    Session two: “Find Fellow Descendants: A Gold Mine of Family History.” Cousins might be holders of family treasures that did not come down to you. Learn the best ways to find and reach these folks, often creating a shared experience that is itself worthy of recording. This includes important details, stories and explanations; precious photographs, documents and heirlooms; and genetic or traditional hand-me-downs that help tell your family stories.
    Sturdevant has taught family history as a college course for 25 years and is the author of “Bringing Your Family History to Life through Social History and Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents.”
    In April 2018, she will co-present with the director of the Mormon History Library to the annual Organization of American Historians conference, a workshop in these methods for academic historians.