Events in the world can affect people, many people in many ways. For example, the Irish potato famine drove many people to leave Ireland in the late 1840s. Perhaps, though, a smaller event had a major impact on our family—e.g., a fire that caused the family to quit farming or an illness that changed the family dynamics. In this workshop each of us will write about some large or small event that changed the course for our family (so please bring paper and pen or a laptop).
Duane Roen will be the presenter for this seminar/workshop. He has been tracing his roots since his teenage years, building a database with more than 32,000 ancestors. He and his wife, Maureen Roen, have also been recording their family history since 1978 by writing more than 16,000 daily journal entries on their children and other family members. Combining his professional and personal interests, Duane worked with colleagues to establish courses on writing and recording family history at Arizona State University. He also is founding coordinator of the Project for Writing and Recording Family History in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU. Although Duane loves family history and life writing, he spends most of his waking hours serving as a faculty member at ASU.