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BOOK - Writing Your Family History, A Guide for Family Historians
By Gill Blanchard
Published by Pen and Sword Books, Barnsley, UK, Sept 29 2014

Softcover...29.95 (C$)

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 of 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.

Exercises are a key feature of the text. There is guidance 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 include
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction - Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How
  • What Kind of Ancestral Story
  • When to Stop Researching
  • Developing Writing Skills
  • Make it Interesting - 'Bringing the Past to Life'
  • The Nitty-Gritty -- From Editing Proofreading and Acknowledgements to Copyright
  • Publishing
  • Directory of Useful Resources
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index
Reviews:
"What really comes through is Gill's enthusiasm and passion, both for family history and writing. And that makes for an inspirational and very useful book. This is not a highbrow academic piece; it's a down to Earth, practical guide for you and I. It is quite literally packed with valuable tips and exercises and is almost a mini-course in writing your family history. Gill is not content to simply to tell you about writing your family history, she wants you to pick up your pen or pencil and start writing". - Bedfordshire Family History Society

Paperback: 224 pages
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9.25"
Softcover - perfect bound
Bibliography
Index
Illustrations
Published by Pen and Sword Books, Barnsley, UK, Sept 29 2014
ISBN: 978-1-78159-372-1




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