From Ancestry to Narrative: Writing Family History with AI

From Ancestry to Narrative


Welcome to From Ancestry to Narrative, the course that will help you turn your genealogical research into captivating family narratives. This course is designed to help genealogists with all levels of writing experience and will provide you with the tools you need to bring your family history to life.

Through this course, you will learn how to use AI to enhance your family story and how to apply the fundamentals of storytelling to your writing. Additionally, you’ll learn how to conduct genealogical research and incorporate AI-made content into your family history.

This course is structured into five modules, each of which is designed to help you develop your skills in a specific area. By the end of the course, you will have the skills and confidence to write your family history and share it with others.

Who should take this course?

Are you passionate about genealogy and tracing your family’s history but struggling to bring your findings to life? Do you feel like you have all the pieces but don’t know how to connect them into a compelling narrative that your family will love and cherish for generations to come?

We understand how frustrating it can be to have all this information and not know how to turn it into an engaging story. That’s why we created this course—to help you bridge the gap between genealogy research and storytelling.

Through expert guidance, you’ll gain the confidence and skills to craft a captivating narrative that brings your family’s history to life. With the help of AI, you’ll learn how to enhance your story, making it richer, more detailed, and more engaging than ever before.

Learning Outcomes

During this course, you will improve your writing skills and learn more about how to make compelling stories about your family. Each module has specific learning outcomes that will help you achieve these goals:

  • Prepare to Write Your Family Story with AI
  • Collaborate with AI for Genealogical Research
  • Explore the Art of Storytelling with AI
  • Create Story Formats with AI
  • Take Your Ancestral Storytelling to the Next Level with AI

By the end of the course, you will have a thorough understanding of how to turn your genealogical research into captivating family narratives.



  • What can Chat GPT do for your genealogy?
  • Introduction to the Course lessons, downloadables, and more
  • How to navigate within this Course
  • What are the course pre-requisites

Module 1: Introduction to Writing Your Family Story

  • How can Chat GPT help with your writing?
  • What is the importance of family history and AI?
  • How is your genealogy research related to writing your stories?
  • What are the benefits of using AI to write your family stories?

Module 2: Genealogical Research: Collaborating with AI

  • Learn what Chat GPT is and how it can improve your research
  • Understand the safety of using Chat GPT for genealogical research
  • Learn how to conduct genealogical research with AI
  • Discover how Chat GPT can improve your research process

Module 3: The Art of Storytelling

  • Understand the fundamentals of storytelling
  • Explore the different storytelling techniques used in family history writing
  • Learn how to incorporate storytelling techniques into your own writing
  • Discover how Chat GPT can help you prepare, draft, and fine-tune your story
  • Learn how Quillbot can help you fine-tune your story
  • Get tips on writing your family story

Module 4: Creating Story Formats with AI

  • Introduction to types of family history writing
  • Learn how to write ancestor profiles
  • Learn how to prepare ancestor story presentations
  • Get tips on preparing your story for a blog post
  • Discover how to create stories as an ebook
  • Learn how to scrapbook your family history
  • Get tips on family history journaling
  • Learn how to write family history books

Module 5: Taking Your Ancestral Storytelling to the Next Level

  • Discover how AI can help you create more detailed and engaging family stories
  • Learn how to share your family history stories
  • Get tips on preparing a themed series of blog posts with AI
  • Get a course summary and learn what’s next

Each module will have a series of video tutorials that go into detail about the topic. You will be encouraged to interact with the course material by doing hands-on activities to help you better understand it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to have writing experience to take this course?

  1. A: No, you don’t need any prior writing experience. Our course is for genealogists who are interested in their family history but aren’t sure if they have the skills or confidence to turn their research into an interesting story.

Q: How much time do I need to commit to the course?

  • A: The course is structured into four modules and can be completed at your own pace. We recommend setting aside 3-5 hours per week to work on the course materials during the 30 days.

Q: How are AI tools integrated into the course?

  • A: We will provide you with access to a range of AI tools that will help you enhance your writing and research processes. These tools are built into the course materials, and we will show you how to use them most effectively.

Q: Will I learn how to use AI tools in this course?

  • A: Yes, you will learn how to use AI tools to enhance your family story. Our expert instructors will guide you through the process, making it easy and accessible for everyone.

Features of the course

Our course includes a range of features designed to help you get the most out of your learning experience. These features include:

  • Masterclasses with leading experts in genealogy, storytelling, and AI.
  • A 30-day challenge reminder email system: designed to help you stay motivated and on track.
  • A downloadable Chat GPT Prompts Record spreadsheet template.
  • Access to our exclusive community of genealogy enthusiasts and writers, where you can share your progress, ask questions, and receive feedback.
  • Personalized feedback and support from our expert instructors.
  • Interviews with Chat GPT Enthusiasts:
    We will be inviting skilled genealogists who are Chat GPT enthusiasts to talk about their experiences with AI tools during the Masterclasses

By enrolling in our course, you’ll have all the tools and resources you need to create a family story that will be cherished for generations to come.

What will you get out of the course?

Our course is designed to take you through every step of the process of creating a captivating family story. You’ll learn a lot about genealogical research, how to tell a good story, and how to use AI to make your story even better.

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Have a strong foundation in genealogical research and be able to conduct your own research with confidence.
  • Understand the different elements that make up a compelling narrative and know how to use them to craft your own story.
  • Have a working knowledge of AI tools and know how to use them to enhance your family story.
  • Know how to blend AI-generated content with your personal family stories to create a cohesive and engaging narrative.

Have a completed family story that you can share with your loved ones and pass down for generations to come.

Techniques for blending AI-generated content with personal family stories

Learning how to combine your own family stories with AI-made content is one of the most exciting aspects of our From Ancestry to Narrative course. By using AI tools to improve and add to your writing, you can create family stories that are more detailed and interesting than ever.

However, how do you make sure that the AI-generated content ties in with your own stories? Here are some techniques that we’ll cover in our course:

  1. Customize your prompts: One of the keys to blending AI-generated content with your personal family stories is to create prompts that are tailored to your specific themes and topics. By using prompts that are relevant to your family’s history, you can ensure that the AI-generated content adds to the overall narrative.
  2. Maintain a consistent voice: When using AI-generated content, it’s important to maintain a consistent voice throughout your writing. By paying attention to tone, style, and language, you can ensure that the AI-generated content fits seamlessly with your personal family stories.
  3. Blend in small doses: Another effective technique for blending AI-generated content with personal family stories is to use it in small doses. By interspersing AI-generated content with personal stories, you can create a narrative that feels both authentic and compelling.
  4. Edit and revise: Finally, it’s important to carefully edit and revise your writing to ensure that the AI-generated content blends seamlessly with your personal stories. By making small tweaks and adjustments, you can create a final product that is both engaging and cohesive.

Our From Ancestry to Narrative course will teach you these techniques and more so that you can create family stories that are both rich in history and engaging to read.


Do you love learning about your family’s history and finding out where you came from? Do you wish you could turn your genealogical research into captivating family narratives that can be shared with future generations? If so, then you’re in the right place.

My name is Carole McCulloch, and I’m a trained genealogist with over 30 years of experience in the field. I hold a Diploma in Family History from the University of Tasmania (UTAS), and I’ve spent the last three years developing the Preserving Family History Academy. I’m also a trained educator for adult learning and a coach and mentor for others learning to be essential genealogists.

In January 2023, I started practicing conversations with Chat GPT 3.5. Soon, I began using this AI language model to generate story outlines, expand on the historical context of each ancestor’s era, and find out more about the places my ancestors lived and worked. As my comfort level grew, I began using Chat GPT 4 to generate course outlines, module and lesson overviews, and scripts for video tutorials.

Now, I want to share my learning curve with other genealogists and family historians who want to make use of AI language models to improve their genealogy research and story writing. That’s why I’ve created From Ancestry to Narrative, a course that will help you turn your genealogical research into captivating family narratives.

This course is designed for genealogists who already have a good grounding in genealogy research but are not confident with writing their ancestral stories. Throughout the course, we’ll explore how AI tools like Chat GPT and Quillbot can help you create more detailed and engaging family stories. You’ll learn how to structure and organize your family story, use storytelling techniques to bring it to life, and edit and refine it for maximum impact. You’ll also discover how to share your family story with others using different platforms and mediums.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and tools you need to create different types of family history writing, such as ancestor profiles, ancestral blog posts, family history journals, and more.

So, if you’re ready to take your genealogical research to the next level and create captivating family narratives, then enroll in From Ancestry to Narrative today!



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