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Writing Your Family History


It’s been said that everyone has a story, but how many of us bother to record the stories in our families? With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to save and preserve our precious family memories online. Whether you want to document the important moments in your own life or remember the lives of your ancestors, this digital download puts it all together with tips for writing, organizing, interviewing and sharing your family history.

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This digital download includes prompts, worksheets, and resources for gathering your memories and notes into an organized, easily accessible form. You’ll also get in-depth guidance on how to write a compelling narrative and define the story you want to tell.

Who Should Get this Download:

You’ll love Writing Your Family History if:

  • You want to write a memoir for yourself or the biography of an ancestor or other family member
  • You want to write about your fascinating family history and preserve those memories
  • You want a handy way to collect notes for writing a family memoir
  • You want to organize your thoughts and memories
  • You’re looking for prompts and ideas that will make your family history come to life

What’s Inside

Writing Your Family History features:

  • Worksheets for recording the details of your family history
  • Prompts and conversation starters to spark ideas and memories
  • Resources for finding and tracking information
  • Inspiration and organization tips for compiling your writing notes
  • In-depth guides to learning how to write convincing dialogue, people, and plot

Contents of Writing Your Family History:

  • Do the Write Thing: Tips for getting started writing your family history
  • Organize Your Family History Writing Project Worksheet
  • Family History Writing Project Logistics Worksheet
  • The Story of Your Life: Writing prompts worksheet for sharing your life story
  • The Gift That Keeps on Giving: 10 life-story themes for writing a guided autobiography
  • An Open Book: Do-it-yourself family history book projects for sharing your family’s legacy, including a MyCanvas tutorial
  • Investigative Reporting: 6 simple steps for writing a research report about your ancestor
  • Research Report Template Worksheet
  • Hard to Tell: Tips for deciding whether to include ancestors’ dark sides in family stories
  • Biographical Outline Worksheet
  • Getting to Know You: 25 tips and questions for asking relatives about family history
  • Going the Distance: A guide to remotely interviewing family members
  • Family Correspondence Log Worksheet
  • Lights, Camera, Ancestors!: 10 steps for tuning into your ancestors from the research team behind PBS’ “Finding Your Roots”
  • Social Affairs: A guide to learning the whys and hows of your family history by researching the social, political, cultural and economic factors that affected your ancestors
  • Do Your Share: 10 top tech tools for sharing your family story and writing life stories
  • Roundup: Apps for Writing Life Stories
  • 6 steps for setting up a family history website
  • Attention Grabbers: 8 ideas for creatively sharing your family history and captivating non-genealogist family members
  • Picture-Perfect Photo Books: 5 elements to include in a family photo book

The articles in this digital download were originally printed in issues of Family Tree Magazine. Learn more about the magazine.

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