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

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