From Documents to Sentences to Stories: Rebuilding Family Stories

Date & Time
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location Virtual Program
Ticketing $5/general public, Free/JGS Pittsburgh members

Inspiring instruction for writing your family history stories

Turning your genealogy research discoveries into meaningful stories can be challenging. Follow the re-creation of one family’s story using hands-on, step-by-step, try-this-now story-building strategies. Turn a single record discovery into a simple paragraph, then a paragraph into a story by looking for the “plot” and other interesting elements that make up the most interesting stories. Teaser: in the story you’ll follow, one of the heroes is a dog, my son’s favorite “ancestor.”

This program is possible through the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.


“From Documents to Sentences to Stories: Rebuilding Family Stories” is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please register online. The program is free for JGS-Pittsburgh members and $5 for the general public. To become a member of the JGS-Pittsburgh and receive a free membership code for this program, please visit its website here.

This program will be recorded and made available to current JGS-Pittsburgh members.


Sunny Jane Morton is a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine and Director of Content at, where she teaches storytelling strategies and puts them into practice. She is author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your Legacy, now in its 2nd edition, and co-author of the NGS award-winning book, How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records. She is past Editor of Ohio Genealogy News.