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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.


Module 1

Note about Web Addresses
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
    Charts and Reports
    Scrapbooks and Journals
    Ancestor Profiles

  • Sample Book

    Booklets and Newsletters

    Electronic Publishing
  • Presentations
  • Websites and Web Logs (Blogs)

    Module 3
    Time Management For Family History Writers
    Writing Obstacles/Distractions

    Setting Goals
  • Blocking Time to Write
  • In Fifteen Minutes or Less . . .


    Module 4
    Writing The Text
    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?
    Publishing Options
    Publishing Goals - Recouping Costs

    Print On-Demand
  • Espresso Book Machine

  • Steps to Self-Publishing
  • Amazonís CreateSpace
  • Amazonís Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)
  • Barnes and Nobleís Pubit (Nook)
  • Blurb
  • Kobo

    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



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