Friday, May 07, 2010

SaddleBrooke Genealogy Club: WRITE to the Heart of the Matter for Genealogists

I savored the beautiful views of the desert as I drove from Chandler to SaddleBrooke via highways 287, 79 and 77 yesterday. Desert wild flowers surrounded by blooming cacti provided the perfect view to relax before meeting a new group.

As I approached the Santa Catalina mountains, I was impressed not only with Mother Nature but also the SaddleBrooke community itself. To quote from, SaddleBrooke is where "stunning multi-million dollar country clubs overlook championship golf courses, sun-washed desert vistas and the panoramic splendor of the Santa Catalina Mountain range." I was also pleased to learn that during the summer months, the community is cooler than Tucson and residents "open their windows at night."

However, the best part of day was meeting the people of the genealogy club. They inspired me with their interest and questions about writing. I enjoyed all of their stories, even met someone with German-Russian ancestry like myself, and look forward to read what everyone in this group will write.

Genealogists who want to write are my favorite people. While genealogists think about birth certificates, census records, cemeteries and family history libraries, writers ponder plot lines. characters, points of view and best sellers. What a fascinating combination for those of us who can make the transition.

I extend an invitation to all aspiring family historians to write and contribute an entry of 400 words or less to the "Tell Us Your Best Adventure with Your Grandparents and Win!" Contest. It's a great opportunity to explore genealogical facts and expand it into a story of your family. Plus, you could win $100* and be published in a future Infinite Adventure book. Click on the link for rules and entry form at

Special thanks to Karen Hahn who invited me to meet with such a lively and entertaining group. What a pleasure for me to have been a part of their community.

1 comment:

GRHS 2010 Convention said...

Anna, Saddlebrook looks very nice...I think I could live there! It sounds like you had a great time with lots of nice people too ...and they were sincerely interested in what you had to say but then, I've heard you speak and I know you did a great job to capture their attention.

I'm happy for you and wish I could have participated in the event.