Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age

Course 9:

 Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age


Dina C. Carson, MA

This course will cover the four stages of any publishing project from the creative beginnings and research during the planning stage, to the challenges many family historians find while writing about relatives — near and far, to the tools that make production simpler so that the book can be given or sold in print or electronically, to letting interested parties know that the book is available.

Source: matuska, CC0 Public Domain.

Level of Instruction

Intermediate to Advanced: students should have done enough genealogical research on at least one family line to be able to craft a number of story arcs covering the lifespan of at least one ancestor using more than birth, death, marriage and census records.

Suggested Requirements

Students should bring research on one family with which they are able to tell stories from personal memory as well as from genealogical research, and a second family that is more distant in time. The course will illustrate ways in which to write about people, places and events using techniques that help bring more distant ancestors to life in the storytelling. Students should have their research on these two family lines available to them, including images of people and documents as we will be discussing the best way to integrate research into the storytelling, and into the final book, eBook or online source.

Other Instructors

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Mona Lambrecht, MA
Gena Philibert-Ortega, MA, MAR
Pat Roberts
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Please check out this short video and open your eyes to writing.

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