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All history, including the histories of our families, is part of us, such that when we hear any secret revealed, a secret about a grandfather or an uncle, or a secret about the battle of Dresden in 1945, our lives are made suddenly clearer to us, as the unnatural heaviness of unspoken truth is dispersed. For perhaps we are like stone – our own history and the history of the world embedded in us.

A Chorus of Stones ~Susan Griffin

Women’s History Month: What Was Her Story? ancestry dna family history genealogy inherited trauma wwi wwii Mar 22, 2022

Have you asked the hard or uncomfortable questions about your female ancestor? Do you ask family members for the stories that are not kind? Have you only heard negative stories about certain family...

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What Did Your Ancestor Fight For? 5d activism ancestors ancestry consciousness family history great awakening simon parkes voting rights women young adult Jan 21, 2022

This morning on my Instagram account @coffeewithmyancestors, I gave another journal prompt. I do this during the week often asking questions you normally do not see in family history writing books....

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The Secret Life of an Ancestor ancestry family patterns genealogy secrets wwii Jul 16, 2021

I read a lot of historical fiction set in Europe World War II. Recently I finished the book, The Paris Apartment, by Kelly Bowen.

In this book, the main character discovers her grandmother...

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Military Research Courses & Webinars ancestry genealogy military research military writing online courses wwii Jul 08, 2021

 A lot of people say they can't do military research because the records burned. But this is not really true. There are so many resources available to help people tell a story.

If you are...

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Military Research Help ancestry genealogy writing idpf military research military writing nprc wwii Jul 06, 2021

Have you heard, All the records burned, in relation to researching WWI, WWII, Korea, or Vietnam military records? They did not all burn and there are many resources that exist to help you...

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Questions to Explore Your Family Patterns ancestral lineage healing ancestry dna family history family patterns genealogy journal prompts writing prompts wwii Jun 04, 2021

Yesterday I wrote an article called Trauma of Being the ‘Bad Guy’ in War. I invited readers to start looking at the stories, beliefs, and patterns in your ancestral lineage. Today I...

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Trauma of Being ‘The Bad Guy’ in War ancestral lineage healing ancestry family history genealogy veterans wwii Jun 01, 2021

For several years I’ve been studying inherited trauma, also known as multi-generational trauma or epigenetics. I began studying this in part to heal myself of the negative behaviors, beliefs,...

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Mental Health of WWII Veterans & Families ancestral lineage healing ancestry family history genealogy inherited trauma intuitive healer mental health ptsd veterans veterans administration wwii May 26, 2021

When our veterans returned from World War II, many had invisible wounds. Mental health issues, which ranged from mild to severe. The propaganda and programming of society (in the U.S. and abroad)...

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