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Writing Your Family History (Paperback)

Family History

By Gill Blanchard
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing your Ancestors
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781781593721
Published: 29th September 2014
Expected Re-release Date: 30th June 2016


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Gill Blanchard's practical step-by-step guide to writing a family history is designed for anyone who wants to bring their ancestors' stories to life. She looks at ways of overcoming the particular problems family historians face when writing a family history -- how to deal with gaps in knowledge, how to describe generations of people who did the same jobs or lived in the same area, how to cover the numerous births, marriages and deaths that occur, and when to stop researching and start writing.
Her book provides examples to help readers find their own writing style, deal with family stories, missing pieces of information and anomalies. It also offers advice on key aspects of composition, such as adding local and social history context and using secondary material. The focus throughout is on how to develop a story from beginning to end.
Exercises are a key feature of the text. There is guidance on the various formats a family history can take and how to choose the appropriate one, with examples of format and layout. Production and publishing are also covered -- books, booklets, newsletters, websites, blogs and ebooks.

What really comes through is Gill's enthusiasm and passion, both for family history and writing. And that makes for an inspirational and very useful book. This is not a highbrow academic piece; it's a down to Earth, practical guide for you and I.
It is quite literally packed with valuable tips and exercises and is almost a mini-course in writing your family history.
Gill is not content to simply to tell you about writing your family history, she wants you to pick up your pen or pencil and start writing.

Bedfordshire Family History Society

If you're toying with the idea of writing a family history-themed book, whether it be for general publication or simply for family members, read this first and then take the plunge. Who knows, it could be a bestseller!

Family Tree Magazine

The great strength of this book is that it's not only practical but encouraging. It is not just concerned with telling you how to write and publish your book. Gill also wants to help you produce the best book possible. And whichever route you chose to take, if you really want to see your family history in print - hard copy or digital - all you need is this and you're away.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

As seen in Suffolk and Norfolk Life Magazine.

Suffolk and Norfolk Life Magazine

A handy step-by step guide to the various aspects of writing and publication.

Your Family Tree

This book provides knowledge in a very readable style and format. This makes it a first class starting point for novice researchers and writers.


A very readable and practical guide which will assist family historians to turn their research into a good story to preserve and share.

Essex Society for Family History

Gill Blanchard is an experienced family and local historian and author of many years standing who has produced a well-written and practical step by step guide to writing a family history.

Friends of the National Archives

As featured in.

Family Tree June 2016
 Gill Blanchard
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Tracing Your Ancestors A Guide for Family Historians (Paperback)

This accessible, well-organized, easy-to-use beginners' guide to the world of family history is essential reading for anyone who wants to find their way into this fascinating subject. In a series of short, practical chapters Simon Fowler takes readers through all the first steps that will reveal the lives of their ancestors and the world they lived in. He looks at every aspect of research, from finding family papers and interviewing relatives, through exploring websites, archives, newspapers and directories, to all the other sources that can throw a light into the past. In a clear, straightforward…

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