Writing a Family History - a Mini-Book of Writing Tips
Want to write a family history for yourself or a friend - or as a paid gig for someone else?
This mini-book of tips (PDF format) on writing a non-boring family history is for anyone wanting to write their
family or travel stories for themselves, their families or a wider audience. Writers will find it really useful,
with tips that help to bring that family history to life.
It is based on a series of articles by Hazel Edwards, originally published on a monthly basis in 2008 at
- In this mini-book, you will find 12 tips that have been based on common questions that Hazel encounters
about how to tackle various aspects of writing a family history.
- With each tip, under the "Your Turn" header, you will find a writing activity to try.
- Finally, there is an example of a relevant book by Hazel with a link to her website.
These 12 simple tips will make writing a family history a memorable and enjoyable experience for you, the
writer, as well as for your readers.
(If you'd like more in-depth information on writing a family history in a lively, interesting way, you'll find
that Hazel's full-length book, Writing a Non-Boring Family History, is an invaluable resource.)
The 12 tips are:
- Using Memorabilia
- Co-Writing With relatives
- Using Family Travel destinations
- Writing With & For Grandkids
- What Makes a Good Title?
- Writing Non Boring Autobiographies and memoirs
- Hints for Interviewing relatives
- How to Write a Eulogy
- What is "Faction"?
- Anecdotal, Embarrassing Historic Moments
- Family History e-Books
- Words as Home-Made Gifts