Sunday, December 31, 2017

Farewell, 2017: My Year in Review

It's time once again to say farewell to another year. I don't know about you, but I am counting down the hours minutes until it is time to put 2017 in the history books and move on to 2018!  Here is my year in review.


Besides my gigs as a regular contributor to Internet Genealogy, Your Genealogy Today, and Family Tree Magazine, I wrote blog posts for Legacy Family Tree.  In addition, I spent much of 2017 writing a series of courses on Eastern European Genealogy Research for The National Institute for Genealogical Studies (more on this in the coming months). I also worked on a "to be announced" book project for Family Roots Publishing. 


In 2017, I presented more webinars than in previous years to groups in the states (Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and others), Alberta, Canada, and to worldwide audiences via Legacy Family Tree Webinars. My good friend and colleague, Denise Levenick (The Family Curator)  and I also partnered together for a special Fall into Family History Webinar on organizing a writing project and selecting and preparing images for a photo project. (You can purchase the recording of this webinar here).

Online Teaching and Coaching

In addition to the National Institute courses, I continued as an online course moderator for Family Tree University. I also had the opportunity to coach many aspiring family history writers in my own online courses The Write Stuff Genealogy Intensive and The Write Stuff II Genealogy Intensive. These courses are ongoing through the year so you can sign up at any time. 


In 2017, I traveled to present sessions at genealogy conferences in Burbank, Columbus, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Springfield (MA), Salt Lake City, and Seattle. The highlight of my year was presenting the keynote address at The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference in Pittsburgh. At this same conference, CGSI presented me with a Distinguished Achievement Award. The engraved plaque reads: "In recognition of her many outstanding years of teaching, coaching, writing, and researching on Slovak, Rusyn, and Czech genealogy." I was completely surprised and so honored to receive this award from my long-time colleagues and friends at CGSI. 

Ready for 2018
On my desk, I have a stone with the word "Create" imprinted on it. 

I look at this stone every day and it helps me to think of new ideas for writing and other projects I want to work on. So, I have chosen the word "CREATE" as my word for 2018.  I hope to reawaken my muse to write more books and design more products to teach others about genealogy and family history writing.

I will be hitting the road again in 2018 to present at many genealogy events. Watch this blog for more information!  

A special thank you to my readers for your continued support in 2017. All the best for 2018!

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

[Disclosure: The above post contains affiliate links. This means if you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission].

2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinars Schedule Announced

Good news on the genealogy education front for 2018!

MyHeritage and recently announced that registration is now open for its 2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from 106 classes from genealogy's leading educators on a variety of topics. (Click here to read the full announcement).

I am pleased to also announce that I will once again be a presenter for two live Legacy Family Tree Webinars in 2018:

  • 25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know
  • 10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing

I will also be pre-recording more bonus subscriber-only webinars too. My recent recordings include such topics as Creating Family History eBooks, Using Coroner's Records, for Genealogy, Researching Eastern European Archives, Using Immersion Genealogy to Learn about Your Ancestors, and many more!

Click here to learn more.

Sign up (it's FREE!) for one or for all of them today and you will receive a reminder email both one day and two hours prior to the live event.
Webinar Brochure
Print the webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center. memberships
All live webinars are free and their recordings are free to watch for the first 7 days. With a webinar subscription (click here to sign up) you get these additional benefits:
  • Access to 1) all the existing 637 classes in the library (856 hours of quality genealogy education), 2) plus the 106 webinars that will be added during the 2018 season, 3) plus any additional bonus subscribers-only webinars (171 of these so far) - all available for the duration of your membership
  • Access to all 2,910 pages of instructors' handouts plus the new handouts of the 2018 season
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
  • Additional 5% off anything at
  • Chance for a bonus subscribers-only door prize during each live webinar
  • Additional members-only BONUS webinars
  • Playlist, resume watching, and jump-to features
It's just $49.95/year.
[Disclosure: The above copy contains affiliate links. As a Legacy Family Tree affiliate, I will receive a small commission if you use these links to sign up for a subscription].
I hope you will join me and all of the presenters for a great year in genealogy education!

Copyright 2017, Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Are You Ready to Write Your Family History in 2018?

Is writing a family history one of your goals for 2018?  Are you ready to compile all those years of research into a compelling narrative? Need a project to complete while waiting for your DNA test results to arrive? The New Year is the perfect time to dive in and share those family stories!

My popular course, The Write Stuff Genealogy Intensive--a six-week writing workshop will show you how!  Click here to register before 31 December 2017 to save over 30% off the regular price: Normally $129.00, now just $89.99 - Use code NYEWRITE at checkout.

What is The Write Stuff Genealogy Intensive?

Are you excited about (or perhaps even a little obsessed with) the idea of getting your family history down in writing? Maybe you have self-doubts and fears about how to get started, what to write, and how to put it all together in a compelling way? If so, then this workshop is for you! During this six-week intensive, you will learn the key steps for producing a quality family history narrative from outline to finished product, ways to use “storyboarding” to plot your project, and how to build your writing skills, as well as your confidence as a writer. In addition, you will receive helpful tips, project management tools, and a productivity toolbox to help keep you on track.

Start Whenever You are Ready

There is no official start or end date for the Write Stuff workshop, so you can work at your own pace and still receive valuable feedback on your writing from your coach!

Through online instructional sessions, weekly assignments, and collaboration with other participants, you will have access to an instructor with more than 27 years’ experience, who will teach you about key nonfiction writing techniques you can use to produce a “can’t put down” family history that will keep the pages turning for generations.

NOTE: While Facebook is not required, participants will reap the most benefits from the collaborative environment by accessing the Facebook Group for The Write Stuff Genealogy Intensive. 

Key Goals of the Course

Learn writing skills and techniques to produce a quality family history; build on the skills each week.
  • Focus on getting a working draft.
  • Work at your own pace.
  • Receive constructive and helpful feedback.
  • Overcome fears and anxiety about writing.
  • Have fun!

For more information and to register, visit and remember to use promo code NYEWRITE at checkout to save 30%! Sale valid through Sunday, December 31st.

[Disclosure: The above is a paid course where I am the coach/instructor and receive an instructor's fee as compensation].

Copyright, 2017 Lisa A. Alzo, All Rights Reserved