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I love sharing stories about my ancestors. I don’t know many genealogists or family historians who do not. The problem? Most people do not want to hear an hour long summary of my ancestor. Or a 10 minute summary. Or a 5 minute summary…(think teenagers.) It seems most family members want a “quick version” when asking about an ancestor (think teenagers again!). In terms of social media, people want the twitter version, not the blog post version. For example, when my teenager asked me about this photograph of my grandmother Cecile White Howard, he wasn’t asking for her entire life history. He was simply asking who she was. On some…