Writing our Ancestors’ Stories is a significant, enriching and critical component of Family History. Many ancestors don’t leave a wide trail in commonly researched records. A little digging can uncover important and possibly surprising details of their lives and deaths. With the help of a mental shovel, a magnifying glass, and a timeline of their life, details of their stories can be found and, most importantly, shared. Victoria Kinnear is a professional genealogist who has worked for the television shows Genealogy Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, and Who Do You Think You Are. She has also worked on various projects including the Georgetown (University) 272, multiple Forensic genealogy heir research projects, a Genealogist for Ancestry.com, and author of a monthly column in The Gettysburg Times.