Custode’s Story

We’re less than 48 hours away from the start of the Family History Writing Challenge, which is sponscustodeiacobuccigeorge-youngored by Lynn Palermo, the Armchair Genealogist. Check out her blog here.

I’ve set up a gmail account ( that is devoted to gathering stories and pictures about Custode. If you are one of her descendants (whether lineal or by marriage)  and I have your email address, you should have gotten an email from me earlier today. If you didn’t and you want to be in the loop, please send me an email.

I’ve gathered quite a few “Custode Stories” since the search began in 2013, but I am sure there must be more. My objective is to bring Custode to life by combining the stories that many of her grandchildren have shared with me with the facts about her life that my genealogy research has revealed.

There will undoubtedly be gaps so I will do my best to weave the “unknowns” into the story in a way that doesn’t break the flow. But I want to be careful not to make up a story that isn’t supported by your personal recollections and the facts. This will be my third year “participating” in the Family History Writing Challenge but the first year I’m serious about completing it.

I’ve mapped out my strategy for getting Custode’s story written in four weeks. The main thing I haven’t nailed down is when I’m going to write it (meaning what time each day) but I think it will have to be when I get home from work in the evening and first thing in the morning on the weekends. I’ll probably devote at least an hour on Saturdays and Sundays but only 30 minutes on weekdays.

Defining a time and place to write and setting a goal (whether by word count or time spent writing) are important to achieving success. But as I’ve said before, disciplined – I am not. I will keep up with the daily emails designed to support and encourage participants. I suspect that as I get into the writing process questions will pop up so I hope those of you reading this blog will be able to provide some answers.

If I can figure out how to do it, I’m going to create a dedicated space on the front page of this blog (Custode’s Corner) where I’ll post these questions. Please don’t be shy about sending a response. If the process of commenting on the blog is difficult you can always email me directly at: Email may be easier if you have a lot say and I hope you do!







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