Many people have asked just how do you write a family history? There are many ways of doing so. In the coming weeks we will explore several options and provide several resources. Today let’s explore just some resources that will give you some inspiration on how to begin.
Stories to Tell is a company that assists authors with publishing. They have a book out on how to self-publish and a blog full of ideas and resources to get you started.
The Armchair Genealogist offers many suggestions on how to write; writing challenges; resources; and tips. One of her latest posts is about organization so you can prepare to write. But don’t stop there – scan her blog for the topics that interest you where writing is concerned.
Also check out the Family History Writing blog. Joy’s latest post offers plenty of resources to help you get started.
Need other inspiration and ideas? Check out local writer’s groups. Barnes and Noble stores often offer these. Many genealogy societies and historical societies offer writing groups. Some libraries have monthly or weekly groups as well. No groups in your area? Why not start one? Or, start one virtually with your geneabuddies!
The sky’s the limit where writing is concerned. Check back next week for more ways to sit down and start the process.
© 2013 Sort Your Story, Lorel Kapke
Today we are going to move slightly away from software and talk about books. As researchers, we all have our favorite genealogy and history books.
Sort Your Story blog author, Jennifer, has a great read to share. It is Bringing Your Family History to Life Through Social History by Katherine Sturdevant. I love this book because it discusses adding depth to your family history through stories, artifacts, local history, and other topics. The book is full of tips and suggestions on how to write social history into your family history and other topics to investigate. Those topics may lead you to new records too!
This book is currently out of print but many libraries have it so check yours or inter-library loan. I was able to secure my copy through an online used bookstore.
What are some books that you have in your genealogical library that have helped you or you could not live without?
© 2012 Lorel Kapke, 19201 Sonoma Hwy. #341, Sonoma, CA 95476-5413