VIRTUAL - Writing Your Family Story

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Friends of the Cos Cob Library are pleased to welcome back Genealogy teacher Janeen Bjork, who will present a free program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 20th, entitled “Writing Your Family Story.” The program will discuss the options that writers have for releasing their work. 

The options include Do-It-Yourself projects (scrapbooking or self-publishing with a print template), hiring photo and design help, to commissioning a company that specializes in producing heirloom-quality family books. Janeen will share the insights she gained from working with clients and a professional book designer and artist to preserve family letters, diaries, documents, and scrapbook entries for posterity. The program is aimed at Genealogists of all levels, who are looking for best practices for writing their family stories, and who are interested in making their families come to life for others. 

Since 2011, Janeen Bjork has combined 30 years of experience as a television researcher and presenter, editor, and educator, with her love of family history, teaching Genealogy, Newspaper, and DNA classes, mostly in Connecticut and New York. When a nonagenarian Genealogy student asked in 2018, “Do you have any ideas for Christmas presents?” she began an unexpected, challenging, and heartfelt, year-long adventure. 

The result was a 182-page family history book that memorialized the lives and legacies of 11 family members who lived together in a house in a small town in Nebraska, in the first half of the 20th century. Her subsequent book projects (one was published in December, the next is in progress) have helped the descendants of a Hartford family bring the family archives to life for future generations. 

The Friends of the Cos Cob Library have sponsored the “Next in a Series Genealogy Programs” for eighteen years.

Event Type(s): Genealogy and Local History
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Janeen Bjork
Cos Cob Library
(203) 622-6883

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