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Methods of writing up and publishing your family history

  1. How to present your sources?

    I have just joined so am new to this thread . How do you refer to the record source so that the reader can A) know you have researched it and B) look at it themselves if they wish. Is it best to put it at the bottom of the page or refer to an appendix or have an index at the end. Any suggestions...

    Started by AnnaJenny‎, 25-02-2018 2:36 PM
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  2. World War One Story

    I have just published the story I have written about our grandfather Frederick Feston who survived for barely four months in the trenches. It is available from Amazon UK. Dont panic ! I am not asking you to buy a copy, but if you go to the "look inside" facility and see what I have done, then...

    Started by Ed McKie‎, 04-02-2015 10:37 AM
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  3. Which story to start with?

    Over the years, I have come across many stories about various relatives. Some sad, funny, shocking and some to be proud of. I would like to write a collection of short stories, that I can print for family and anyone else who may find them interesting. However, I would like some feedback on which...

    Started by Janette1169‎, 18-03-2018 1:44 PM
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  4. Family Tree

    Hi, I'm new on here and need some advice, My friend has done my family tree for me, I'ts her hobby and loves doing them, How can she transfer the tree from her computer to mine, any advice would be appreciated , thanks you.

    Started by magspattison‎, 06-02-2018 5:39 PM
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  5. Looking for a volunteer(s)

    For those of you who have followed my endeavours to write a book about the convicts aboard the ship named Mangles, you may be pleased to know that I have now managed to complete a first substantive draft. I know it is not finished, but I am at the point where I could do with some other input to...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 20-12-2017 10:33 PM
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  6. Which Family Tree Programme

    Does anyone have their Family Tree on FamilySearch or MyHeritage if so would you recommend to do this? i keep thinking about putting it on there but am i right in thinking they end up public and anyone can view them? Not sure but i think you can put your tree on private on MyHeritage? but have no...

    Started by olliepolly‎, 12-03-2016 11:50 AM
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  7. Advice Printing a Book .... a lesson learnt

    Recently I tracked down a not too distant but 'lost' cousin of my husband and shared some family history with him. He contributed, financially, to the research which made a difference to how much I was able to do. He also provided encouragement and some photos. I wrote a complete family story...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 18-07-2017 2:32 PM
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  8. "Binning" book and starting again!

    I am writing the history of the Bedggood family in New Zealand... My father put some stories down in the 1980's and 5 years ago I took them over and expanded them substantially. But I have realized that they are just a collection of facts, stories and quotes from old letters etc and NOT what I...

    Started by Gavin Bedggood‎, 30-07-2017 12:30 PM
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  9. How to deal with a pile of letters

    I am the keeper of the family tree and archive for my family and very conscious of the 'responsibility' it brings. I scan photos and keep originals in an album where they can be removed easily if required. I have various documents which I keep in plastic pockets in ring binders and some are...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 05-06-2017 8:19 AM
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  10. Wink Recording Oral Histories

    I was lucky enough to get my mom to record what she could recall about the Tapply family history. Now we have phones and cameras and all kinds of things to help us. I wrote about my mom's oral history in my latest blog post. leaftwigandstem. blogspot.com/2017/05/taking-oral-history-tapplys.html...

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 14-05-2017 6:06 PM
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  11. Help with book idea

    I have been researching my family for 19 years and am now thinking of writing some of it up into books. One idea is to do a book about ancestors who were in the war and their stories along with pictures of them and some war poetry I'll write. The other idea is a book about some of the more...

    Started by Becky2289‎, 12-05-2017 10:24 AM
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  12. A 'fillable' family tree for idiots

    Not exactly writing up my family history because I'm fairly well on with it. But, I'd like to find a good way of presenting the family in a diagram. Previously, I have used Publisher with little boxes and typed in names and drawn lines etc. but there must be a better way. As the tree grows it...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 09-09-2015 7:53 AM
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  13. Post The Train got him!!

    Evening Everybody I have spent the Day Researching SWMBO's G Grandfather - Henry Arthur Moss - Born 1878 (Abt.), Died 2nd Quarter 1950 aged 73. He spent his whole life in Liverpool. Now going through the information we have found out that he worked in the railway yards at Sandhills Station...

    Started by WhiteWolf‎, 19-05-2012 11:46 PM
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  14. Getting ready for the professional printer

    My tree is on Find my Past and has 44 people on it.I exported it to my PC at weekend but acrobat reader couldn't open it. I urgently need to get it to our local printer who will put it on good paper to roll and tube as a gift. He is expecting pdf or jpeg but I don't know what to do now. Ideally I...

    Started by susan67‎, 15-08-2016 10:03 AM
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  15. Sharing your discoveries sensitively

    Not strictly about writing up history but felt the best place for the topic. How do you get around sharing information with people that might come as a surprise such as family members they've never heard of or things ancestors did that were a bit unexpected. I'm not the most tactful person at the...

    Started by twigger‎, 26-07-2016 9:16 PM
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  16. Occupations

    Silly question but I cant' made up my mind which way to go. When you write something up and quote an occupation (millhand, miner, draper's assstant for example) do you use capitals: Millhand,Miner, Draper's Assistant - or not? I can't decide if there is a 'correct' way or whether it's up to...

    Started by AudreyF‎, 02-02-2014 2:26 PM
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  17. Moved: Hurd

    Started by Brian B‎, 26-04-2016 1:23 PM
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  18. Help Needed With Organizing Information.

    I have been researching my family history on and off for several years and have much information, some on a family tree online(which can be printed off) and lots of stuff just on bits and pieces of paper. I need to get it all together somehow, in a simple form. Our four children each want a copy...

    Started by MaryFrances‎, 04-04-2016 2:13 PM
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  19. Cool Where to even begin

    Hi guys, So I know so much now about my family, and about the main events in their lives. I would love to write up a family history, Ive had a great idea of a 'Diary' that would be kind of passed through each generation as if it had been handed down and carried on by the next relative. I want to...

    Started by Empirestate‎, 30-03-2016 2:00 PM
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    01-04-2016, 11:27 PM Go to last post
  20. No DVD player on computer

    Have just done a short poll of my numerous grandchildren (mostly adults) and only one of them has a computer with a DVD player. The rest are tablets, phones and laptops with no CD/DVD option. So how am I going to leave them a gedcom when I pop my clogs? cheers Ed

    Started by Ed McKie‎, 11-01-2016 11:02 AM
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