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For discussion on all things related to family history and memoir research and writing.
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Black letters on a white page
are all that remain
of the noble lives they once led.

Black splotched photographs of white faces
peer out at me and plead,
"Please remember and tell about me."

But I do not know them,
only their names
Black letters on a white page.

There are stories all around us. As writers, we find truth and inspiration every day, and through our passion and talent, we are able to show the world something they haven't seen before. But, what about the stories in the attic? There's more to the photo than black and white, and who better than you to show the shades of gray. Be inspired by the lives of those who went before you. They long for you to tell their stories, and make them live again.

You don't have to be interested in family history. Perhaps there is just one person whose story you believe needs telling. Perhaps there is one particular story you've heard or discovered that you'd like to share. Come and join us! We'd love to have you along!

We hope to find people who are interested in writing and sharing their family stories - the stories of people who are no longer with us. Whether it's in short story or poetry format, we want to help YOU put that information into a historical fiction form.

In this forum you can ask questions about how to find what your looking for, or share your experiences with others who have discovered this amazing gold mine of lost and found history. If you have any great prompt ideas, we'd love to hear them. What have you found in your history?

Please use this forum to discuss anything related to family history, genealogy or memoirs.

Feel free to share items inspired by the "Roots & Wings Contest //CLOSED prompts, your own personal research, any challenges you are having, questions, etc. This is a complicated journey. Many of us are just starting down the road, while others have been traveling and marking the path. If you want to share your knowledge, and help others find what they need, please stick around.

We encourage discussion and welcome you to introduce yourself, speak up, answer any questions if you know the answer, and generally make yourself at home.

You may also use this forum to request addition to the "Roots & Wings Group, through which you will receive an occasional email. Our item alias is {item:rootsgroup}

If you're interested in reading articles from past newsletters check here.

Roots and Wings Newsletter Archives  (E)
Information on finding, researching, and recording your family history.
#2026694 by Elle (she/her)


Elle's Non-Fiction  (E)
All my autobiographical items and any work related to my family history
#1889597 by Elle (she/her)

Whispering Angels  (E)
Are your ancestors pleading with you to be remembered? What do they whisper in your ear?
#1932772 by Angels in my Ear

Memoirs  (E)
One spot to keep short stories about places, people, events, and pets I remember.
#1921742 by A new year for new ventures!

I'm an Open Book  (E)
"Write what you know," they told me. So, I did.
#1994219 by Dance-Monkey ~ We've got this

Essays, Tributes, Stories, and other writings about family, friends, pets and more
#1852198 by ANN Counselor, Lesbian & Happy

My Family History Blog  (13+)
This blog is a daily written account of my researching my family history.
#2031298 by Showering Dutchessbarbie.

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