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The Armchair Genealogist Manifesto

Three years ago today I became the Armchair Genealogist.  I started this blog because I believed I had something to say. It took me awhile to find my voice and to believe I was expert enough to share my opinion. I always knew I felt passionately about family history and storytelling but I had to gain my confidence and improve my skill set before I could fine the right words, the right way to express it to the world.

Today, I believe my message comes through over and over again in this blog. In honour of this 3rd Anniversary, I decided to write a manifesto. This manifesto is a summary of my beliefs and the beliefs that will continue to guide me as we continue our journey.

The Armchair Genealogist Manifesto


Every person, no matter your skill level, your education, your age or background can and should discover their family history

You are expert enough to research your ancestors

You are expert enough to write your family story.

PASSION. If you have a passion to learn, to grow and a passion to share your stories with the world you are expert enough to research and write your family history.

EVERYONE HAS A STORY

Family history is a celebration of our shared achievement and growth as a family. The world needs more family history.

Learn, research, write and FILL THE WORLD WITH YOUR STORIES, celebrate family history.

MOVE THE WORLD, write a family history that matters.



Thank you to all who have allowed me to share with you my passion for family history. Thank you for being loyal readers and I look forward to helping you share your family history story with the world.


If you agree and would like to learn more about learning to research and write your family history to share with the world, we would love for you to join us a regular reader at The Armchair Genealogist.

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Thank you to Holstee and Expert Enough for the inspiration.

20 comments:

  1. Thank you. I am starting down the road of new adventures in my research and my professional life. I needed a little boost, and this was perfect. Might just have to print this out and pin it to my wall.
    Jen
    http://ancestralbreezes.blogspot.com/

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  2. Well Lynn - Congratulations! And in honor of the occasion - a song:

    HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOU, HAPPY 3RD BLOGAVERSARY DEAR LLLLLYNNNNN, HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO YOUUUU!

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  3. Congratulations on the third anniversary of The Armchair Genealogist. I love your manifesto! Best wishes.

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  4. Lynn, congratulations on three years in your role as The Armchair Genealogist!

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  5. Hear hear! EVERYONE has a story, and every story from the past is more interesting to those that follow than the person whose story it was could ever imagine!!! I only wish more people would pass them on...

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  6. Thank you. I've been a regular reader of your blog for some time now. I started my genealogy quest about 9 years ago now. Some days it seems like a particular record will never be found. Other days it seems like I found something new for everyone I'm searching for that day. Your tips and post have certainly helped and insprired me at time. Happy Blogiversary.

    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

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  7. Thank you Lyn for all you have done to open up the way for all us newbies. You are an inspiration to us all.

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  8. In three years you have accomplished such a great deal: you share worthwhile advice with readers, encourage all to write their family history with concrete tips and ideas that help pave the way for what could seem to be a daunting task, promote other genealogy/family history bloggers with your Monday Mentions, and provide links and tips for readers to discover writing tools and publishing options. I just joined this community a hear and a half ago, and I can already see the evolution of this blog in that time. I'm trying to evolve as well, and you have been an inspiration! Happy Blogiversary! PS The manifesto is an excellent idea for all bloggers to consider. Helps hone our message and meaning of our blogs and philosophy behind them.

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  9. Bill, Linda, Sheri, Jen, Martinne,Jim, Helen,Jacqui, thank you for all your kind words and best wishes. I'm truly excited about the road ahead. I have some great projects in the works that I think will be a great tools for my readers.

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  10. Happy Blogiversary to you!!

    Lovely message in your manifesto! I am a blog newbie, having started my genealogy blog on April 5, 2012, although I started researching my family about 17 years ago. Thanks for your inspiring and encouraging words about writing our family stories!

    Jana

    http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/

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  11. Thanks Jana, I am honoured to have the opportunity to inspire and encourage you.

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  12. You've done great things and really paved the path for us newbies. Congrats on three years!!
    Carrie @ Not Your Mother’s Genealogy
    a.k.a DearMYRTLE’s daughter

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  13. Congratulations on your anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog very much. I truly believe in what you say in your Manifesto and I encourage as many people I meet to research and write about their families!

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  14. Happy 3rd Blogiversary, Lynn! What a great manifesto. I wish you many more years of writing and blogging.

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  15. Congratulations on three wonderful years, Lynn! I'm continually inspired and motivated by your blog, which is one of my favorites. Your manifesto is like a guiding light to write by. Thanks for all the great work you do, and please keep sharing tools and ideas to help us find and write those stories!

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  16. Thank you Shelley for your kind words. Readers like yourself continue to inspire me, looking forward to a mutual continued growth with my readers.

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  17. Happy Blogiversary to you! Your Manifesto is beautiful and so true. Continue to be the inspiration that you are.

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  18. Happy third Blogiversary and many more!

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