Morris Thurston

Morris Ashcroft Thurston is an author, lecturer, independent historian and retired lawyer. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, then practiced law for 35 years with the global law firm Latham & Watkins. He has published a number of books and journal articles, including three books relating to his own family history, and is co-author, with his wife, Dawn Parrett Thurston, of Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read. He has served as a consultant to the Joseph Smith Papers and is a member and past president of the board of directors of Dialogue Foundation, publishers of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
Since retiring as a lawyer, Morris has pursued his passion for historical research and family history storytelling, as well as his hobby of photography. In the process he has developed an expertise in creating photo scrapbooks; his scrapbooks have swept their division (first, second and third prizes) in each of the two most recent Orange County Fairs.

2016 Sessions with Morris Thurston

Key The Stories We Tell

Morris Thurston will talk about storytelling as a key component of genealogy and family history. He will give concrete examples of some of the variety of ways to tell those stories. Honesty and accuracy are also important to the storytelling process. Morris will help you understand the benefits of telling your family stories. He understands that some may not feel technologically "savvy" and will help you discover the possibilities available to everyone.

2B Tell Your Family Story Visually and Digitally — How to Create a Family History Photobook
Syllabus: 2016/2B_20160213_Telling_Your_Stories_Digitally_&_Visually.pdf

Using digital photo books and scrapbooks to tell and illustrate a family story. A "hands-on" presentation that will show examples and demonstrate the basics of how to do it online.

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