Courses Available include:

six that focus on using AI

Membership includes

Here are all the courses that are included in your bundle.

How Academy membership will help you?

become a skilled and confident family historian

Welcome to the Essential Genealogist's Journey Membership!

Are you just getting started with family history and looking for a complete and organized way to learn? Look no further! Our Essential Genealogist's Journey membership gives you access to a set of courses and resources that will help you become a confident family historian.

With this membership, you will have access to the following courses and resources:


Suite of courses and resources to guide your journey

  • 5-day Challenge: S.M.A.R.T. Genealogy Planner: the Essential Genealogist Quick Start Course

  • How to Build your Family Tree - the Essential Genealogist Family Tree building Course

  • How to Organise your Genealogy Research - the Essential Genealogist Organizing and Documenting Course

  • Coaching in Ancestral Storytelling - the Essential Genealogist Storytelling Course

  • Unlock Ancestral Storytelling - the Essential Genealogist Publishing Course

  • Creative Digital Storytelling - the Essential Genealogist Visual Story Course

  • Publish your Family History Book - the Essential Genealogist Printed Book Course

  • Monthly Q&A Webinars - join our monthly webinars and get your questions answered by experienced genealogists.

  • Private Facebook Group - connect with other members of the Essential Genealogist's Journey community and collaborate on your research.

  • eBooks: Storifying your Ancestors and the Devon Kin Keeper

Become an Essential Genealogist

12 steps in your journey

  • Planning

    Create a S.M.A.R.T. Genealogy Planner

  • Building

    Create a family tree using one of the Big Four: Ancestry, FindMyPast, MyHeritage or FamilySearch

  • Outlining

    Create a draft for your family history ebook

  • Blogging

    Create a family history blog

  • Organising

    Organising your family history research records

  • Writing

    Unlock your ancstral storytelling

  • Networking

    Expanding your Personal Genealogy Network

  • Digitising

    Plan your digital family history video

  • Interviewing

    Create digital visual and audio stories

  • Writing

    Writing your family history book in 30 days

  • Publishing

    Publish your family history book

  • Storytelling

    Plan, plot, write, share and publish ancestral stories

Essential Genealogist Journey

Your pathway to success

Follow the path from planning your research to writing your story.

My Story

My Journey to Revolutionise Ancestral Storytelling

A Quest for Innovation

I've always had a strong desire to help others understand the past as a devoted family historian and genealogist. But the traditional methods of storytelling, while rich and detailed, often felt time-consuming and slightly out of step with our fast-paced, digital world. I knew there had to be a quicker, more dynamic way to approach ancestral storytelling—a way that could resonate with all generations, especially in this era of technology.

Facing the Challenges

My journey wasn't without its challenges. The traditional process of ancestral storytelling, deeply rooted in meticulous research and narrative crafting, was daunting. It was a labour of love, but often the enormity of the task made it feel overwhelming. There were times I felt disconnected from the very stories I sought to tell, bogged down by the sheer volume of data and the pressure to do justice to my ancestors' experiences. Furthermore, engaging a younger, tech-savvy audience seemed like an uphill battle.

Embracing Technology

Determined to find a solution, I embarked on a journey to explore how modern technology could intersect with traditional genealogy. My search led me to the world of artificial intelligence (AI). I delved into the latest advancements, attended seminars, and experimented with various AI tools. I was searching for something that could not only streamline the storytelling process but also add a layer of creativity and interactivity that was missing.

A New Chapter in Storytelling

The breakthrough came when I discovered the potential of AI tools like ChatGPT for crafting ancestral stories. It was a revelation. AI could analyse data, suggest narrative pathways, and even help visualise the past in vibrant ways I had never imagined. This wasn't just a tool; it was a partner in storytelling. It allowed me to weave rich, dynamic narratives quickly, making the stories of my ancestors more accessible and engaging, especially to the younger generation.

I realised that with AI, we could create a bridge between the past and the present, making ancestral stories not just informative but truly captivating. This integration of AI in genealogy has transformed my approach to family history, allowing me to share these incredible stories with a wider audience more effectively than ever before.

Your Invitation to the Future of Storytelling

Now, I want to share this breakthrough with you. Whether you're a seasoned genealogist or just starting, I invite you to explore the incredible potential of AI in ancestral storytelling. Let's embrace this new era of digital storytelling together, making our family histories not just heard but truly experienced.