"Just think," my grandfather said to my grandmother.
"We were barely school-age when the Wright brothers got the first airplane a few feet off the ground, and were parents by the time Charles Lindbergh made it across the Atlantic.
"And now here we are watching men walk on the moon.
"What things we have seen in our lives!"
I was about to enter second grade on July 20, 1969, when the first astronauts landed on the moon.
I remember the wonder on my grandfather's face--and the stories he told that day--much more vividly than what was on TV.
His remark sparked my professional journey in helping family members share "what things they have seen."
I bring 20+ years of helping families tell their stories.
I live in Bryan-College Station, Texas, and help clients across Texas and beyond with the following:
Short is good, too! If you have just one story to tell--such as how you met your spouse--let me know! You don't have to go all out!
Let's chat about what's best for your family.
Call Ann: 979-229-3330
Book Gives Tips for Gathering Your Family History
My short ebook, Interviewing Relatives for Your Family History, is available on all ebook platforms.
It gives practical tips for the following when putting together your family history:
In a special bonus chapter, acclaimed romantic suspense author Mitzi Pool-Bridges discusses her own unique approach to the family history she published in 2019, including how she handled the family legacies of slavery and divorce head on.
Look for my article in the July-August issue of Your Genealogy Today.
Telling Your Story Can Be Liberating!
I love what I do! It's in my DNA.
My mother, Marie Bennett Alsmeyer, wrote a memoir about her experience as a Navy WAVE during World War II: "The Way of the WAVES."
It has been part of the curriculum in several military history and women's studies courses at universities across the country.
So many readers sent in their own stories that she published them in a follow-up book, "Old WAVES Tales."
She then wrote "Six Days After D-Day: Cycling Through Europe," published by the Texas A&M University Press Consortium.
This is the story of how she and my father took a freighter to France in 1950, bought bicycles, and rode 1,200 miles.
My father was also a storyteller: an academic librarian and a scholar of the noted Texas folklorist J, Frank Dobie.