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You Can Write Your Family History

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This title enables readers to chronicle the lives of near or distant relatives. It provides methods for: conducting historical and thematic research; organizing materials; outlining and plotting a story; illustrating with pictures and charts; and making money writing the history of other families.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 20th 2009 by Genealogical Publishing Company (first published 2003)
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Mar 20, 2012 Clytee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book (with a different cover than the one in the picture!!) at RootsTech 2012 - a genealogy and technology convention that was held here in Salt Lake in February.

This book is going to change my life!! Well, at least my life of trying to write yet another family history. I have written a poor one for my dad's family in 1998, then with my cousin a better one for my Mom's side of the family. Now, I'm going to write a NARRATIVE!! And this book is going to hold my had while I do it.

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Wayne Groner
Apr 23, 2013 Wayne Groner rated it really liked it
"I believe practically everyone has the potential to write a family history,” writes Carmack.

She turns her extensive experience as an author, instructor, speaker, and business owner into a no-nonsense, uncomplicated, system to writing your family history. It’s much like baking cake—follow the recipe and you’ll get a cake. Follow her recipe and you will get a family history manuscript you will be pleased with and proud to share with family and friends. She also shows how to turn your manuscript i
Sep 29, 2012 Laini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genealogy
I credit this book (along with a certified genealogist cousin who showed me the work she did to get certified) with lighting a fire under me.

I'd collected some work on my father's Smith family (helped along by my uncle's work in the 1970s and the trees he mapped out on butcher paper). Finding this book in 2005 helped me to organize it all, create a framework for it, and begin inserting into Framemaker. My daytime job as a technical writer helped with tweaking the bits into something coherent.

Apr 04, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most comprehensive book I've read on the subject of writing a family history.
Jul 21, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
This is a great resource with practical examples.
Keith Kendall
Apr 21, 2011 Keith Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genealogy
A year ago (March 2010) I checked out a bunch of family history books from the city library. Many of them I found interesting, but stopped reading them about 1/3 of the way into them. This one held my interest so much that I wanted to buy 10 copies and hand them out at the upcoming family reunion. Alas I still haven't bought even one copy, but it is that time of year again when family reunion season is coming up and I wish I had gotten that book order placed.
Jul 25, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrific book.

Written in an easy, descriptive style it does not just tell you various ways of writing a Family History, but provides concrete examples, background tools and tasks and alternative sources to use.

In short: The Why is important, but the How is essential. This book has them both.

I borrowed this book from the library, but will be buying a copy for my shelf to keep as a touchstone and reference that is always at hand.
Sep 29, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, very readable introduction to writing your family history in narrative fashion.
Aug 04, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a well written step by step guide that will actually make you want to write. I've never had so few excuses to get started and make something beautiful. She also recommends other books to look into about specific topics. Read this with Bringing your Family History to Life through Social History by Katherine Scott Sturdevant.
Quite a thorough book about writing your family history. Though I want to write a fictionalized version of some of my family history, and this book was definitely not aimed at that, it was still helpful in thinking about all the angles of research, etc.
Jan 29, 2011 Denise is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I need to get started writing. Anything really, just do it!
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