1000-plus Questions to ask family members about their lives

Guide to Writing Family HistoryBy Barry J. Ewell

Conduct oral interviews to uncover important clues and forge relationships that will dramatically speed research. Learn the easy to follow steps in writing, researching, and publishing your personal and family history. Over 1,000 questions across 95 topics organized so you can easily begin a conversation and explore a topic.

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  • Pages: 294 pp.
  • Published: 2016

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Guide to Writing Your Personal and Family History

Guide to Writing Family HistoryBy Barry J. Ewell

Conduct oral interviews to uncover important clues and forge relationships that will dramatically speed research. Learn the easy to follow steps in writing, researching, and publishing your personal and family history. Over 1,000 questions across 95 topics organized so you can easily begin a conversation and explore a topic.

  • Price $3.99
  • Pages: 294 pp.
  • Published: 2016

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Thank You: Guide to Writing Your Personal and Family History (April 2016)

Writing Personal HistoryThank you.  When the book is published Barry Ewell will send you an email.

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Conduct oral interviews to uncover important clues and forge relationships that will dramatically speed research. Learn the easy to follow steps in writing, researching, and publishing your personal and family history. Over 1,000 questions across 95 topics organized so you can easily begin a conversation and explore a topic. Continue reading

Family History: Look at your writing through a reader’s eyes

10-16-2014 5-23-50 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

When I first started writing, I found myself becoming very defensive when someone made an edit or comment about the writing. I took it very personally. That “filter” was keeping me from seeing how my writing was being received by others. Often the editing and suggestions others made were minor, but they really made a difference in how the writing would be received. Even if I didn’t agree with the recommendation, it gave me a chance to Continue reading

Family History: Writing the personal history, Draft one

Family History: Writing the personal history, Draft oneBy Barry J. Ewell

By now, you should be ready to start writing. Whether you are writing about yourself or someone else, be honest. I have read many histories over the years, and those that have the most meaning include true stories about real life. The stories range from the sad and tragic to the exciting, funny, and simple day-to-day. Continue reading

Family History: Sharing your history

Family History: Sharing your historyBy Barry J. Ewell

Throughout the preparation of your history, keep your eyes focused on the completion and distribution. The following are a few ideas to consider:

Publish several extra books for future generations. Posterity should have easy access to your history.

Family History: Write and publish your story

Family History: Write and publish your storyBy Barry J. Ewell

Writing personal histories takes planning, time, and effort to stitch the research into a cohesive blend of resources that tells the story that will inspire generations to come.

A Story Worth Writing Begins with an Outline
“Why do you need an outline? I already know what I want to say.” These are the words I remember saying in tenth grade as I started my English creative writing course. As I Continue reading