Writing Workshop Details & Registration

SEPTEMBER 23, 2023
Do you wonder how to learn to write the stories of your ancestors? Need inspiration on how to tell their stories? Learn what makes a good story while still capturing the genealogical details and facts. Each session will focus on telling the story in a different way, to spark ideas on how to tell your story. Imagine that you found a box and inside it was a story written by your great-grandfather—where he lived, his job, his family. Would you care about misspellings? Would it matter if the penmanship was poor? Or that the grammar wasn’t perfect? Stop making excuses! Your descendants will be grateful for anything you write and compile, so let’s get started!
Using real-life examples,  learn how to write the stories of your own ancestors. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started! Learn what makes a good story while still capturing the genealogical details and facts. Each session will focus on telling a story in a different way to spark ideas on how to tell your story.
This workshop will be held in-person only on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00am-3:30pm at Christ Episcopal Church (5910 Babcock Blvd 15237).  Limited to 35 participants, enjoy the interactive nature of this event with your instructor and with each other.  The registration fee of $35 includes a hefty handout and a box lunch. Claim your seat using the registration form below.
Session 1:
The Cemetery Caretaker and His Wife:
How to begin writing the story of Charles Robbins and Cora Offenbacher.
Session 2:
The Tennesseans Come to Ohio to Work on the Railroad:
How visually tracing migration and railroad records can add interest to the story of William Todd and Emma Clayton.
Session 3:
Lawyer, Banker, Newspaper Owner, and Mayor in Greenville, Ohio:
How photos and local records can add depth to the story of E.E. Calderwood and Ida Gilbert.
Session 4:
My newest great-grandparents are Welsh?
How DNA and special ethnic enclaves can reconstruct the story of John Rees and Margaret Davies.
Kelli Bergheimer is a writer, teacher, editor, and national genealogical speaker. Kelli holds a Bachelor’s in Biology, a Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s in Business Management. Kelli is the Director of Curriculum and Assessment for Blue Kayak, a K-12 textbook company. She also works as a DNA report editor for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Kelli runs two small businesses—Geo-Centric Learning and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company with a YouTube channel and online store. Kelli is the Genetics, Genealogy, and You facilitator. Kelli is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Genealogical Speaker's Guild.
Please click HERE to go to NHG's Eventbrite page, click on the "GET TICKETS" or "Check out for $35.00" button, select your meal option and  pay via credit card or PayPal.  
Your seat in the workshop is confirmed as soon as you complete the Eventbrite payment process.  You will receive a registration confirmation from Eventbrite.
Please click HERE  for a registration form that you can fill out and mail in with your check for $35 to:
North Hills Genealogists
PO Box 169
Wexford, PA  15090
Your seat will be held for 7 days after you register.  Your check must be received within that window.
Each box lunch includes a sandwich, cookie, Italian pasta salad and a fresh fruit salad.  We will have bottled water available. Box lunch options are:
  • Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad
  • Veggie Wrap
  • Beef and Cheddar
  • Ham and Swiss
  • Tuna and Swiss
  • Turkey Cheddar
  • Italian Meats and Provolone
The workshop is being held at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 5910 Babcock Blvd 15237, behind The Block at Northway shopping mall at the corner of Babcock Blvd and Browns Lane.  Please note that the workshop will be held in the basement activity room, and that handicapped accessibility is via a chair lift.  Please let us know in advance if you will be needing to make use of the chair lift.