Writing your Family History: A Guide for Family Historians

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Gill Blanchard's Writing your Family History: A Guide for Family Historians is a 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. Writing your Family History 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.

Gill Blanchard

Gill Blanchard has a first degree in History and Sociology and a Masters degree in History and Politics and has gained a certificate in Architectural History Theory and Practice from the University of East Anglia. She has been conducting family, house and local history research since 1992, beginning her research career at the Norfolk Record Office where she worked as a researcher and with the public for nearly six years.
Gill Blanchard started her research company, Past Search, in 1997 and gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education in 1998.

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