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There are 2 videos in this series that were originally presented as a live webinar in which there was audience participation. The recordings of the webinar are presented here.

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  1. Back to Basics: Craft a Compelling Family History Narrative from Start to Finish
  2. 10 Secrets You Should Know to Survive Microsoft Word

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Back to Basics: Craft a Compelling Family History Narrative from Start to Finish
Presented by:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Want to write your family’s story but don’t know where to begin? In this webinar, presented by professional writer, Lisa Alzo, you’ll learn the basics of crafting a compelling family history narrative in simple, manageable steps. Discover how overcome writer’s block and use key techniques and tools for documenting your ancestors’ lives, or your own life story.  Examples and a list of suggested writing exercises will be provided.

Download the 2 handouts:

  1. Writing Family History Syllabus
  2. Life Stories Writing Guide

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10 Secrets You Should Know to Survive Microsoft Word
Presented by:  Thomas MacEntee

While Microsoft Word* – part of the Microsoft Office Suite – is one of the most dynamic software programs for document creation, various features can quickly turn into frustrating annoyances. Do you have problems with headings that won’t stay put? Margins that seem to change suddenly? Spacing issues? Does text pasted from the Internet get unruly?

Learn how to tame Microsoft Word and get it to work for you, not against you! Soon you’ll have no fear of creating complex documents for your family history stories, genealogy research or your business functions.

*    Microsoft Word 2010 will be the version used during the webinar. Many, if not all, of the features are the same or similar on other versions of Word including 2007 and 2013.

Download the 2 handouts:

  1. 10 Secrets to Microsoft Word Syllabus
  2. Word 2010 Shortcut Keys

Presenter Bios

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog For more information see

Thomas Mac Entee

Thomas Macentee

When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 3,000+ members of, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy, but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field.