BCGS offers online session ‘Writing Family Stories’


PRINCETON - On Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. the Bureau County Genealogical Society will hold a virtual presentation, “Getting It Down: Writing Family Stories,” which will be presented by Claire Gebben.

This presentation will appeal to anyone who has wanted to record their family stories, but does not know where to start. “Have you written down some of your family history, but aren’t sure how to organize it so others can enjoy it too? Have your grandchildren asked you to write down what you remember about your past?” Gebben asks.

This presentation will guide participants step-by-step through the process of getting those stories written down for posterity. The program will include a handout.

As a public speaker, Gebben focuses on writing family history as well as 19th Century history. Many of her articles have appeared in genealogical publications. Her memoir, “How We Survive Here” (2018), which recounts her quest to trace and write about her ancestors, was honored as a finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The public is invited to attend this free presentation via Zoom. Please e-mail bureaucounty@gmail by Jan. 27 to obtain the link to view.

The Bureau County Genealogical Society is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. They can be reached at (815) 879-3133.