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Family History Week Wrap Up: Book Reviews

on April 1, 2012

So, the time has come to wrap up family history week and as I look back over the posts, I have to say that I pretty happy with how everything turned out.  I hope you all enjoyed this week and were able to pick up some good tips and/or fun things to do.

To end the week, I have three books I thought may be helpful as you write your story or search for your roots.  The three I have picked out have been really helpful to me and provide some great tips and insight into writing and researching.

The first book is Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History by Megan Smolenyak.  I picked up this book about a year and half ago when I first started getting into genealogy.  It has the same title as the NBC show, and while they are connected, the book doesn’t really mention celebrities.  What it does do is give some really great tips for researching your ancestors.  This book is one of the best I have seen for basics.  If you are an experienced researcher and have been looking into your family tree for quite a while, this may not be the book for you.  But, if you are just getting started, you will find some great pointers to help you get going in the right direction.

The next book is For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History by Charley Kempthorne.  I have read through this  book a couple of times and if you are looking for some help in writing your family story, I would recommend taking a look at this book.  It goes through why you should write it, how to write it, forms of family history, and finally how to go about printing/publishing your family’s story.  This is another basic, easy to follow book.  It gives you steps and really does  provide a good outline to follow for putting your words to paper.

The final book I wanted to put out there for you is Writing Your Life: Putting Your Past on Paper by Lou Willett Stanek.  This book is much like For All Time, the difference being, it helps you write your own personal story rather than your family’s history.  It provides some questions to help you remember your past and also helps with the actual writing process.  This book, again, is easy to follow and sets out a clear path to help you find success with your writing.

Hope these books help with your research and/or writing.


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