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Writing Your Family History Book
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Recording interesting family stories is essential if you want future generations to read your family history book. This course will help you write the story of your life or of your ancestorsí lives. Techniques for researching the facts, remembering the events, writing the text, adding visuals with graphics or photographs, and finally reproducing your book will all be discussed.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction to Writing
Techniques for Researching the Facts
 
The Art of Storytelling
• Family Trees versus Family Story
• Why Bother?
 
Organizing Your Material
• Ancestor Chart
• Family Group Sheet
• Ancestor Data Sheet
 
Organizing Family Documents, Photographs, and Other Items
• Photographs
• Miscellaneous/Other Items
• Genealogy Software
 
Twenty-First-Century Family Trees
Miscellaneous Resources
 

Module 2
Formatting Your Family History
Websites
Charts and Reports
Scrapbooks and Journals
Ancestor Profiles
 
Books
• Sample Book
 
Booklets and Newsletters
 
Electronic Publishing
• Presentations
• Websites and Web Logs (Blogs)
 

Module 3
Time Management For Family History Writers
Websites
Introduction
Writing Obstacles/Distractions
 
Setting Goals
• Blocking Time to Write
• In Fifteen Minutes or Less . . .
 
Summary
 

Module 4
Writing The Text
Websites
Writing from Documents
Writing from Photographs
 
Writing from Family Research/Interviews
• Finding and Interviewing Relatives
• Becoming a Good Interviewer
• During the Interview
• Conducting the Interview
 
Questioning Techniques
Transcribing Interviews
 
Problems with Contacting Relatives
• Obtaining Permission
• Limitations on Use
 
What Material to Include
• Selecting the Best Details
 
Inserting Charts, Graphics, and Photographs
• Linked/Embedded Objects
 
Putting Your Family in Historical Context
• Historical Research
• Personal Events
• Historical Facts and Events
• Using Timelines
 
Chapter Excerpt from Three Slovak Women
 
Writing Your Story
• Ready, Set, Write!
• Putting It All Together
• Reference Materials
• To Publish or Not to Publish?
 

Module 5
The Research is Done, Now What?
Websites
Introduction
Publishing Options
Publishing Goals - Recouping Costs
Blogging
 
Print On-Demand
• Espresso Book Machine
 
Self-Publishing
• Steps to Self-Publishing
• Amazonís CreateSpace
• Amazonís Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
• Barnes and Nobleís Pubit (Nook
• Blurb
• Kobo
• Lulu.com
 
Traditional Publishing
• Photo Books
• My Canvas
• WinkFlash
 
Final Thoughts on Publishing
Course Summary
 
Writing Exercises for Writing Your Family History
Life Story Guide
• Childhood
• Family
• School
• Work
• Faith
• Fun
• World Events
 
Suggested Reading
• Books
• Articles
• Websites
 
Appendix
 
 

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