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Writing Your Family History: A Guide for Family Historians

Publisher: Pen & Sword

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 160 pages
Author: G. Blanchard
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781781593721
Other: b&w photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Gill Blanchard's practical step-by-step guide to writing a family history is designed for anyone who wants to bring their ancestors' stories to life. She looks at ways of overcoming the particular problems family historians face when writing a family history - how to deal with gaps in knowledge, how to describe generations of people who did the same jobs or lived in the same area, how to cover the numerous births, marriages and deaths that occur, and when to stop researching and start writing.

Her book provides examples to help readers find their own writing style, deal with family stories, missing pieces aof information and anomalies. It also offers advice on key aspects of composition, such as adding local and social history context and using secondary material. The focus throughout is on how to develop a story from beginning to end.

Excercises are a key feature of the text. There is aguidance on the various formats a family history can take and how to choose the appropriate one, with examples of format and layout. Production and publishing are also covered - books, booklets, newsletters, websites, blogs and ebooks.

Contents:

Acknowledgements
Introduction: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
1. What Kind of Ancestral Story
2. When to Stop Researching
3. Developing Writing Skills
4. Make it Interesting: 'Bringing the Past to Life'
5. The Nitty-Gritty: From Editing, Proofreading and Acknowledgements to Cpyright
6. Publishing
Directory of Useful Resources
Select Bibliography
Index

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