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Writing & Publishing Your Family History

Steps, tips, and guides for writing, editing, and publishing your family history, including family history books, genealogy websites, and family history newsletters. Plus, details on copyright laws and source documentation as they apply to genealogy and family history.
  1. Autobiography & Life Story (7)
  2. Backing Up & Safeguarding (8)
  3. Blogging Family History (13)
  4. Printing & Publishing (21)
  5. Copyright for Genealogists (4)
  6. Writing Tips & Techniques (7)
  7. Genealogy Fiction (2)
  8. Journaling & Personal Hist. (9)
  9. Heritage Scrapbooking

Guidelines for Publishing Web Pages on the Internet
If you're building or creating a family history or genealogy Web site, these recommendations from the U.S. National Genealogical Society may come in handy.

10 Steps to Writing Your Family History
Yes, the research is the fun part. Writing a family history book just seems too daunting to be fun. But when the relatives start nagging, try these 10 easy steps for making your family history book a reality.

5 Ways to Chart & Display Your Family Tree
While tracing your ancestry back as far as possible is fun, it's even better when you can present the findings in a handsome family tree chart. From hand drawn charts to computer generated trees, learn about the different ways to display your family tree.

Create a Family History CD
Sharing your genealogy research with family and friends can be easy and inexpensive with these tips for publishing your family history on CD-ROM.

Create Your Own Family Photo Calendar
Create your own personalized, printable calendar with these step-by-step instructions and ideas for designing and printing family photo calendars. Includes links to calendar creator software, calendar templates, and calendar clipart.

Create a Family Cookbook
Learn how to turn delicious family recipes and memories into a family cookbook that will be treasured for generations. Includes tips for soliciting recipes, things to include, and steps for assembling and publishing the cookbook.

Copyright for Genealogists
Learn what parts of your family tree can and cannot be protected by copyright laws, as well as what types of genealogy information on the Web are in the public domain or available for fair use.

Best Places to Put Your Family History Online
Want to put your family history on the Web to share with family, friends and relatives? These sites include the tools you need to put your family tree online, along with pedigree charts, photos and more. Some of these genealogy hosting sites offer additional features such as chat, message boards and password protection.

How to Create a Genealogy Web Site
Create your own genealogy Web site and publish your family tree to the Web with this step-by-step guide. Learn how to create a GEDCOM file, where to get space for your genealogy site, and how to add photos, documents and other finishing touches.

Top Books for Journaling and Preserving Family Memories
When tracing your family's history it is important to remember the importance of preserving not only the stories of the past, but also the stories of the living. Encourage your family members to record their memories for posterity with one of these wonderful, journal-type books full of thought-provoking questions and space for recording the sure-to-be-cherished answers.

Writing Your Personal Family History
Writing a personal family history can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be if you take it a step at a time. This 12 chapter course by Lorraine Behunin includes thought-provoking questions for each category.

Writing Tools & Software for Genealogists
Many genealogists turn to their handy word processor or their favorite genealogy software program when writing everything from a client report to a case study or family history. But for those of you looking for a different way to write, or a little more help with the organization and structure of your writing, one of these writing tools may be...

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