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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Family History: Other elements to include in your personal history

Family History: Other elements to include in your personal historyBy Barry J. Ewell

When you are organizing the details of your personal/family history there are few elements that can help you tell the expand the story.  The following are few ideas to consider.

Ancestry or family tree charts. Ancestry charts show family relationships. Careful consideration should be used when deciding to include them in your personal history because they can take up too much space or their format might not fit the layout of the Continue reading

Family History: How to organize the sections of your history

10-16-2014 6-51-47 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

The following is an example of how to organize your history into chapters and sections for a cohesive presentation.

Title page: This is the first page after the cover, and it contains the title (and sub-title) in as few words as possible. It may also include the edition number if there is more than one edition. The title page is the place to list your name and the names of other authors and editors, as well as the place and date of publication. Continue reading

Family History: Publishing your history

10-16-2014 7-15-17 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

When you write your history, there are many options of how to publish the writings. However, before you start talking about publishing, you need to ask yourself a few questions, such as the following:

How good is my material?

  • How thorough has your research been?
  • Are you satisfied with the accuracy of the information you have acquired, and have you documented your sources? Continue reading