Writing the Family Story – Nov. 2013 – handouts & notes

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WRITING YOUR STORY with EUNICE ROBINSON & JUDITH UELAND

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, November 19, 2013

Suggestions and Instructions on how to set up and organize your Family History Research into a Family Book.

Dowload the full handout, Writing Your Story  Free download; .pdf format.

Book & Website Suggestions

British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS). Most books listed here are in the BCGS Library. Search the BCGS Walter Draycott Library catalogue for other books, using titles or title keywords, for example, ‘write (writing)’, ‘publish(ing)’.

See also articles in the BCGS Library’s journal and magazine collections and family history and biography collections, and the BCGS’ own journal.

See the list and contact information for BCGS Special Interest Group Facilitators here.

One of the first tasks when beginning to write your family history is to decide what kind of history you want it to be. Writing Your Family History briefly describes the variety of family histories in the collections of the BCGS Walter Draycott Library. This is an article originally published in The British Columbia Genealogist, December 2009. Free download; .pdf format. See also information on the annual BCGS Family History Book Award.

Vancouver Public Library (VPL). See the VPL book list for this session for direct links to VPL books and to websites – ‘Writing the Family Story': http://vpl.bibliocommons.com/list/show/83147979_mdianerogers/214323515_writing_the_family_story

Search the VPL library catalogue for other books for instance, using ‘family history’ + ‘writing’ and ‘Genealogy’ + ‘Authorship’.

Ancestors – Writing a Family History – Film – BYU TV, first aired 2000: https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/ancestors-season-2-writing-a-family-history/184

You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Betterway Books, 2003.

Writing Your Family History Book by Lisa A. Alzo, Heritage Productions, 2008. (For sale at the BCGS Boutique.)

Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher, Ancestry.com, 1996.

“Writing Family History: 10 Steps to Writing Your Family History” by Kimberly Powell, About.com: http://genealogy.about.com/od/writing_family_history/a/write.htm

“Six More Ways to Find Your Family History Muse” by Lisa Alzo, Archives.com: http://www.archives.com/experts/alzo-lisa/six-more-ways-to-find-your-family-history-muse.html

“Telling Stories: Bring Your Family Tree to Life…” by Lisa Alzo [.pdf format]: http://www.lisaalzo.com/articles/wpsfall04.PDF

Writing Your Family History Book – 6 week course with Lisa Alzo, National Institute for Genealogical Studies: http://www.genealogicalstudies.com

How to Write and Publish Your Family History in 10 Easy Steps by Noeline Kyle, University of New South Wales Press, 2011.

Writing A Compelling Family History, DVD, with Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and James Warren. 123 Genealogy, 2003.

Writing Your Family History – A Practical Guide by Deborah Cass, Crowood, 2004.

Memories of a Lifetime – Family History by Laura Best, Ideas, charts, certificates, etc. to copy and use. Includes CD. Sterling Publishing Co., 2005, and Scrapbooking Your Family History by Laura Best, Sterling Publishing Co., 2005.

Writing the Family Narrative – Book & Workbook by Lawrence P. Gouldrup, Ancestry Inc., 1987, 1993.

Many other books or articles may be useful, for instance – on scrapbooking for layout, image and content ideas, and if you use a genealogy programme, look for specific guides to exporting/publishing with the programme,

For choosing a numbering system for charts, Managing a Genealogical Project. a Complete Manual for the Management and Organization of Genealogical Materials by William Dollarhide [Updated Edition, 2000.] and Write It Right: A Manual for Writing Family Histories and Genealogies by Donald R. Barnes and Richard S. Lackey, Lyon Press, 1983.

About digitizing documents and other objects to add as images in your book, Digitizing your Family History..by Rhonda R. McClure. Family Tree Books, 2004.

To answer copyright and licensing questions, see Canadian Copyright Law by Lesley Ellen Harris, John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., Fourth Edition, 2013, Genealogy and the Law in Canada by Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Genealogy and Canadian Law by Jean Dryden, Heritage Productions, 2002, and (USA) Carmack’s Guide to Copyright & Contracts by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Genealogical Publishing Co., 2005.

And more links for ‘Writing Your Family’s History’ are at Cyndi’s List: http://www.cyndislist.com/writing

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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