Writing Your Family History, a Guide for Family Historians

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Unearthing family history has always been a popular activity and it is only natural to want to know where you came from. Very few families pass down a comprehensive history to future generations, and a written history is even more rare. That means that for many, going back more than a few generations will require real work. It would therefore be a great shame if hard work is not to produce a written account of what has been uncovered. Some will wish to go further and write a book that is published and becomes available to a wide readership. Today, that is relatively easy because personal computing has enabled novice writers to produce creditable books and either self-publish them, or find a publisher/distributor. What is more challenging is to learn how to achieve this. This book provides that knowledge in a very readable style and format. This makes it a first class starting point for novice researchers and writers. It provides exercises and examples that provide a logical progression through he necessary tasks.

The book is well illustrated and is educational but also entertaining.

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NAME: Writing Your Family History, a Guide for Family Historians
DATE: 070215
FILE: R2131
AUTHOR: Gill Blanchard
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 152
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Research, public archives, libraries, Church records, re-enactment groups, booklets, websites, sociology, politics, genealogy, local history, primary source, secondary source, family tradition
ISBN: 1-78159-372-8
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DESCRIPTION: Unearthing family history has always been a popular activity and it is only natural to want to know where you came from. Very few families pass down a comprehensive history to future generations, and a written history is even more rare. That means that for many, going back more than a few generations will require real work. It would therefore be a great shame if hard work is not to produce a written account of what has been uncovered. Some will wish to go further and write a book that is published and becomes available to a wide readership. Today, that is relatively easy because personal computing has enabled novice writers to produce creditable books and either self-publish them, or find a publisher/distributor. What is more challenging is to learn how to achieve this. This book provides that knowledge in a very readable style and format. This makes it a first class starting point for novice researchers and writers. It provides exercises and examples that provide a logical progression through he necessary tasks.

The book is well illustrated and is educational but also entertaining.

The author has a first hand experience and is not collecting theoretical material from which to create a book. |This is effectively a workshop manual on the subject.

Many readers may never progress to the production of a complete book on their own family, but that will be their choice and not a fault of this guide. Others will go right to the end in having a book published and owing much of their success to first reading this guide.

There is one caution for all those intending to research their family history. It is highly unlikely that any family will produce the history that the researcher hopes for. It is common for researchers to start out in the hope of uncovering famous and wealthy ancestors who are proof of the excellence of the heritage of the researcher. The probability is that the family will include a selection of saints and rogues in its past. As society has changed greatly, and will continue to change, some ancestors will not fit well in the standards of the current society. What may be bad by modern standards was probably common, and even desirable, in the past.

Enjoy the book, enjoy your research and accept the joys and sorrows of past generations.

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