Publishing Family History

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Publishing Your Family History Book

By Libby Feil

Have you ever dreamed of publishing your family history research? Would you like to write up all that you've learned so that the information can easily be passed on to other family members or even the public at large? Here are some ideas to help you with this.

First, of course, you have to have carried out research on one or more families. If that's not the case, come in to the Local & Family History Department and let us help you get started.

Next, you have to put together a book for publication. Should you include reproductions of photographs, letters, recipes, documents, and more? How should you layout your family trees: as charts, written narratives, or something else entirely? These helpful manuals can help you figure out the answers to these questions:

  • <a target="_blank" href="http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/aDrake%2C+Paul%2C+1932-/adrake+paul+1932/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/exact&FF=adrake+paul+1932&1%2C7%2C">Paul Drake</a>'s <a target="_blank" href="http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dGenealogy+--+Authorship./dgenealogy%20authorship/-3%2C2%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=dgenealogy+authorship%3BSORT=on&5%2C%2C13">You Ought to Write All That Down: A Guide to Organizing and Writing Genealogical Narrative</a></li>
  • noted genealogical writer <a target="_blank" href="http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/aHatcher%2C+Patricia+Law./ahatcher+patricia+law/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/exact&FF=ahatcher+patricia+law&1%2C3%2C">Patricia Law Hatcher</a>'s <a target="_blank" href="http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dGenealogy+--+Authorship./dgenealogy%20authorship/-3%2C2%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=dgenealogy+authorship%3BSORT=on&6%2C%2C13">Producing a Quality Family History</a></li>
  • Kirk Polking's <a target="_blank" href="http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/dGenealogy+--+Authorship./dgenealogy%20authorship/-3%2C2%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=dgenealogy+authorship%3BSORT=on&8%2C%2C13">Writing Family Histories and Memoirs</a>.</li> </ul>

    When the winter ends, you can have the world's longest scarf, or a brand-new family history book. Which would your family rather receive?!

    Don't forget: if you need help carrying out the research you want to publish, you can always come in to the Local & Family History Department and ask for help!

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    Last updated by: Libby Feil, December 28, 2006

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