Following are four great resources that can assist you in writing your family history.
You Can Write Your Family History
A great book to set you on your course is You Can Write Your Family History, by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. One of the questions I struggle with the most is answered in this book: How much research is enough? Sharon also defines the various types of family histories and provides creative strategies for the writing process. This book can be purchased on Amazon for under $20.
Producing a Quality Family History
Patricia Law Hatcher gets into the nitty-gritty of writing and publishing a book in Producing a Quality Family History. While Patricia does discuss the writing aspect, the most valuable piece of her book is the several chapter dedicated to putting the book together in terms of what elements to include, the layout and design of the book, and publishing considerations. I’m glad I got this book awhile ago since it appears to be out of print; it’s certainly worth checking to see if your local library or genealogical society has a copy.
Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family’s Story
Lisa Alzo did a great webinar in June called Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family’s Story. The webinar was done through Legacy Family Tree. Lisa’s presentation was very informative and extremely inspirational. A 13 minute preview is available here. You can also purchase the CD from this link as well; it’s worth the $9.95 price tag!
For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History
For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History, by Charley Kempthorne takes a different approach than the previously mentioned books. Charley really focuses on the writing and shows you how to make the story interesting. He gives a lot of examples and even has small challenges throughout the book to put what you’ve learned into practice. There are also chapters on the types of family histories and publishing. This book can be purchased on Amazon for under $15.