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Guide to Genealogical Writing: How to Write and Publish Your Family History

During the several years I worked as a publisher, I helped produce and print many genealogies, family histories, and memoirs. From that experience I developed strong opinions about when, how, and why a family history should be published. I believe strongly in the value of hard-bound, archive quality paper book over e-books, though there is […]

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The World War II Research and Writing Center Website

With the release of the British 1939 Register at the FindMyPast website, we’re once again discussing WWII research. When I got involved in genealogy forty years ago, WWII was a rather recent occurrence and many of us just skipped right over it while doing our research. Now – with 70 years separating us since the […]

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150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

Most genealogist’s tend to write… Sometimes we write a lot… Now there’s a website where we can get help with our writing. I recommend the 150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively found at the Open Education Database website to everyone. The following teaser is from the site: It doesn’t matter […]

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The Pocket Genealogist: Building A Genealogical Sketch

Last week I commented on the fact there has been a recent rush in the genealogy publishing market to produce two to four page laminated guides. These guides have proven very popular as they typically provide a high density of basic information on a single topic. Guides reviewed on this site cover everything from researching […]

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Exploring Our Lives: A Writing Handbook for Senior Adults

You don’t need to be a “senior,” or even close, to make use of and enjoy Exploring Our Lives: A Writing Handbook for Senior Adults by Francis E. Kazemek. As the title suggests, this book is designed to help people write their own life stories. Perhaps Francis simply feels that being a “senior” simply means […]

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Personal Historian

Personal Historian 2 makes a fantastic addition to your genealogy software. Produced by the folks at Roots Magic, this software package helps the family historian bring their own life, along with the lives of others, to life through stories. There are few individuals who will sit and write their life story without prompt or assistance. […]

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Reading and Writing Cannot Exist Without Each Other

Two very popular books stand out in mind when discussing reading (understanding) and writing genealogies and family histories. The first is  More What Did They Mean By That? A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New. Genealogists cannot begin to write about their ancestors if they don’t fully understand and appreciate what they […]

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Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century: A Guide to Register Style and More

Having both written books and published many family histories for other, I can say the biggest stumbling block anyone will face is their own self doubt. Time and again, I heard people tell me they just didn’t feel like they could do a good job or write well enough to publish their family history. First […]

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