Writing family history can take so many forms. Researchers can write a blog post, a case study, a story about an invidvidual or one family. An entire book can be written about a family line or group of families. The possibilities are endless. What is important is the writing is done. The story is told. The information is passed on and shared.
Write a blog post
Create a blog post about a family member, new piece of evidence, brick wall or a daily theme. Geneabloggers offers daily blogging themes so genealogy and family history bloggers never run out of ideas about things to write. Some of the daily themes include: Sentimental Sunday, Mystery Monday, Tombstone Tuesday, Wedding Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Follow Friday, and Surname Saturday.
Discuss a new piece of evidence you received regarding an ancestor or brick wall. What is the evidence? What facts does it provide? Does it help prove a theory or answer a question? Does it make you ask more questions?
Write a case study
Case studies are short articles about how you arrived at an answer to a research problem or the process by which you proved an individual is your family member. Many genealogy societies publish case studies in their newsletters and journals. Reading other genealogist’s studies can help guide your research as you have light-bulb moments or learn about a new source. Case studies also provide a mini-history of a person or family which is being shared with others.
Write a story or book
Writing a story to publish onine, in a magazine or journal, or as a book, is a great way to share family history. I recently self-published a book about a cousin, Robert Brouk, who was a member of the American Volunteer Group the Flying Tigers. Robert was one of the original Flying Tigers. So many books have been written by the Flying Tigers or about them, yet Robert was barely mentioned in any. Sadly he died in a flight training crash shortly after disbandment in 1942. Working with his widow, living Flying Tigers, and conducting a lot of research, his story has now been told.
Writing a story or book to publish does not have to be an overwhelming task. There are many ways to self-publish books today. Lulu.com allows authors to publish paperback, hardcover and Ebooks. Amazon has CreateSpace to create a paperback publication. Amazon also offers Ebook publication for the Kindle, while Barnes and Noble offers Nook publication through Pubit! There are other online publishers and who to use is based on personal preference and what they offer. Research several before decided where to begin.
No matter how you share your family history, blogging, case studies, articles or books, just be sure to share the information. There are many people out there looking for family stories. Why not share yours today and preserve it for future generations?