Diary-to-book topic at genealogy meeting today

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Sharon Atkins

It took 30 years between transcribing her grandmother’s diaries to the publication of “With a Heart for Any Fate: Hazel’s Memoir” by Sharon Atkins.

Atkins, who has 36 years of genealogy research experience, will be speaking about her grandmother and also about the process of research and publication at the February meeting of the Northern Arizona Genealogical Society. Social time begins at 1:30 p.m. with the presentation, “Writing a Book: Making Your Ancestor Come Alive,” starting at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 25, at the Family History Center at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1001 Ruth St. in Prescott. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Grandmother Hazel came of age during the early decades of the 20th century in New York. The book tells of her courtship, marriage and move from rural upstate New York to cosmopolitan Long Island. Hazel worked as a high school teacher through the influenza epidemic in 1918, World War I, and the fight for women’s right to vote.

Atkins spent several years transcribing the diaries, then worked to verify historical information, which required a trip to locations in New York State. She self-published the book in 2016.