Course Overview

Practical tools for blogging ancestral stories

Do you need help with setting up, creating, and publishing your ancestral stories in blog posts? Do you need coaching assistance when setting up your WordPress site for family history stories? This course will step you through the process of setting up, managing, and working in a WordPress blog site. Each week there is a live group call in Zoom giving you tips and tricks in each of the modules. Optional one-on-one coaching calls are also provided in this course, to provide individual advice and work with you sessions in Zoom.

Course curriculum

and learning outcomes

  • 1
  • 2

    2. Planning Ancestral Stories

    • Ancestral Story Research Plan for 2022?

    • Ancestral Storytelling Tips

    • Sample Ancestral Story Plans: Google doc

    • Sample Ancestral Story Plans: Google sheet

    • Ancestral Story Planning: Trello

    • How to Use Evernote to Preserve your Research

    • Bonus Lesson 1 for Evernote Users

    • Bonus Lesson 2 for Evernote Users

    • Bonus Lesson 3 for Evernote Users

    • Invitation to Webinar #2

  • 3

    3. Writing Ancestral Stories

    • Writing Skills for Genealogists

    • Where will you write your ancestral stories?

    • Genealogical Mystery Interactivity

    • Plot your Ancestral Story

    • Prepare your Stories as Blog Posts

    • Invitation to Webinar #3

  • 4

    4. Optional: DabbleWriter for Genealogists

  • 5

    5. Blogging Tools for Sharing Ancestral Stories

  • 6

    6. WordPress Basics

    • Introduction to WordPress

    • How to Setup your WordPress Site

    • How to Manage your WordPress Pages and Posts

    • How to Customise your site: WordPress Editor

    • How to Manage your site: WordPress Menus

  • 7

    7. WordPress Blog Writing

    • Introduction to Story writing in a blog

    • Plan your Blog Writing Schedule

    • How to write your story creatively

    • How to draft a Post in WordPress

    • How to edit your Posts

    • How to prepare for Publication

  • 8

    8. WordPress Publishing

    • Introduction to Promoting your Blog

    • How to Schedule and Plan Posts

    • How to Connect your WordPress blog to Social Media

    • How to setup your Social Media presence

    • Invite Family and Friends to view your Blog

  • 9

    9. Graphic Design with Canva

    • Plan your Featured Images

    • Organise Image Folders & Templates

    • Design your featured images

    • Download your Images from Canva

  • 10

    12. Join my Academy Membership

    • Keep Up-to-Date by subscribing to Family History Preserved Blogs

    • How to contact me

    • Feedback Survey

Downloadable Workbook

Ancestral Storytelling Success

The workbook includes: Instructions and activities on WordPress Blog posts, and writing planning space! Instructions and Templates to Plan and manage your ancestral story collections using Trello! Instructions and tips on writing, editing, and publishing your stories! Instructions and activities to illustrate your stories with graphics created in Canva! Instructions and activities to learn how to schedule and share your stories on social media from WordPress and Buffer!


Learn by doing

  • Create

    Create a WordPress site and master the Theme, Menus, Pages, and Posts, Create a collection of Manuscripts in DabbleWriter.

  • Communicate

    Discuss goals, progress, and get advice with your coach in private, and share your writing achievements with other participants in weekly forums and live sessions.

  • Collaborate

    Join a social media community of learners to share ideas and get feedback.

  • Create Ancestral Stories

    Create engaging ancestral stories to preserve your clan's history.

  • Illustrate

    Create engaging illustrations for your stories.

  • Publish

    Publish your stories as blogs or ebooks

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Set up and manage a WordPress Site

  • 2. Setup and manage a DabbleWriter site

  • 3. Customise and navigate in WordPress and DabbleWriter sites

  • 4. Setup and manage a Trello Board

  • 5. Create stories as blogs or books

  • 6. Edit and publish Posts and eBooks

  • 7. Create images in Canva to illustrate stories

  • 8. Schedule and promote Posts and eBooks

  • 9. Automate promotions

  • 10. Setup a matching social media site


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