Taking a look at IDG’s newest In-Brief Research Guide: “Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure”

I was cleaning off my desk after the holidays. With all the baking, gift buying and decorating my genealogy research and a lot of life took a back seat. Everything got stacked on my desk to make room for holiday merriment.

Now that life has returned to a normal schedule I began to sort through the piles of papers on my desk.  A lot of it was research related and I realized I have a lot of family history information. Also a lot of it is stacked in piles. I really should do something with all this material. Try to compile it or share it somehow.

Then in one of those weird life coincidences I got the chance to review IDG’s newest In-Brief Research Guide: “Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure.” This In-Brief Guide spoke to me in a big way.

Christine Woodcock is the author of the guide and outlines the situation. “As the family historian, you have collected a cornucopia of research documents: bits of scrap paper, newspaper clippings, photos, obits, e-mails and other assorted bits of research. What can you do to preserve these documents and the stories they tell for future generations?”

That’s exactly what I had been thinking!

Christine goes on to say, “Turn your family tree information into a treasured family heirloom, a family history book.”

Hmmm, I’m less enthusiastic now. I love the idea of a family history book but that’s a pretty big project. Where do I start? What family do I choose? How much of my info do I include? I don’t know how to lay out a book. I nearly talked myself out of the project before I got to the guide’s second paragraph.

Woodcock knows her stuff and answered my questions and lots more. She gives the reader detailed steps on how to put your family history book together.  Starting with choosing who the book is going to be about like, “One ancestor, one branch, one line,” to gathering the material for your book. She touches on tender subjects like “Dealing with the skeletons and scandals.”

Christine is precise and thorough taking the reader through all the steps needed to put together a valuable family history. She breaks each section down to manageable, workable segments. As I continue to read the guide I’m thinking I can do this.

The author finishes by covering publishing. She discusses hard cover books, ebooks, or photo books and how to go about using each method. There are also additional resources listed. The reader gets even more insights on writing and publishing. By the time I finished the guide I knew if I followed this outline I could put together a family history book. My own family history book. No excuses, and if I pulled out the I don’t have time cop-out, Christine provided the perfect answer in a quote from J. Jackson Brown.

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”

Well, if you put it that way, I can and should put together a family history book. With the help of “Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure” it’s doable. You can find the In-Brief Reasearch Guide at http://theindepthgenealogist.com/product/brief-guide-turning-family-tree-family-treasure/ I think you’ll find it exceptionally helpful too.

IDG Introduces their Newest In-Brief Research Guide: “Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure” By Christine Woodcock

The In-Depth Genealogist (IDG) is pleased to present their newest in-brief research guide in the research series by writer, Christine Woodcock, entitled “An In-Brief Guide to Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure”. Christine wrote the column “In Search of Your Scottish Roots” for The In-Depth Genealogist’s digital magazine, Going In-Depth. Scottish born, Canadian raised, she is a genealogy educator with an expertise in Scottish records. She enjoys sharing new resources to assist others in their quest to find and document their heritage. Christine is also a lecturer, author and blogger. She is the Director of Genealogy Tours of Scotland
and enjoys taking fellow Scots “home” to do onsite genealogy research and to discover their own Scottish heritage.

As the family historian, you have collected a cornucopia of research documents: bits of scrap paper, newspaper clippings, photos, obits, e-mails and other assorted bits of “research”. What can you do to preserve these documents and the stories they tell for future generations? Turn your family tree information into a treasured family heirloom, a family history book. In this In-Brief, Christine shares tips on how to start, develop the content, interview relatives, share your own story, and determine your book format. There are also recommended websites, publishers, and resource books within the guide.

“An In-Brief Guide to Turning Your Family Tree into a Family Treasure” is available now as a PDF ($2.75). Pre-orders of the printed laminated guide, 8.5” x 11” ($9.95 + shipping) are through The In-Depth Genealogist Store (http://theindepthgenealogist.com/shop-idg/idg-products/).  IDG has published fifteen guides which are all available as 4-page PDFs and laminated print versions. Subscribers to the digital magazine, Going In-Depth, receive a 10% discount on purchase of each guide.

The In-Depth Genealogist – September 2014

Going In-Depth is a free, digital genealogy magazine presented by The In-Depth Genealogist. In each monthly issue, you’ll find guest articles, regular columns, and free resources such as Ask Ephraim and MIAA to help you along your family history journey. As with all IDG products, they strive to create a resource for every genealogist, no matter the age, stage, or focus of your research.

My article in the month’s issue is “My Civil War Toolbox”.

Enjoy all the great genealogy resources available to you in this month’s The In-Depth Genealogist!

 

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If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – Kindle. Also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.

Also I’d love for you to sign up for my monthly tipsCivil War Research Tips here. I’ll share pointers and info to help in researching your Civil War ancestor. Please take a moment to sign up and thanks so much!

It’s the August issue of Going In-Depth!

Going In-Depth is a free, digital genealogy magazine presented by The In-Depth Genealogist. In each monthly issue, you’ll find guest articles, regular columns, and free resources such as Ask Ephraim and MIAA to help you along your family history journey. As with all IDG products, they strive to create a resource for every genealogist, no matter the age, stage, or focus of your research.

My article this month is “The Very Best: Sites for Researching Your Confederate Civil War Veterans and Ancestors” Click the magazine photo to start reading excellent genealogy research ideas for free!

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If you’re interested in researching your Civil War ancestor’s story check out Ancestors In A Nation Divided – Kindle. Also in paperback. Great research help as you seek your veteran’s place in our country’s history.

The June issue of Going In-Depth is available!!

Going In-Depth is the free digital genealogy magazine presented by The In-Depth Genealogist. In each monthly issue, you’ll find guest articles, regular columns, and free resources such as Ask Ephraim and MIAA to help you along your family history journey. As with all IDG products, they strive to create a resource for every genealogist, no matter the age, stage, or focus of your research.

My article this month is Civil War POWs and listed on the cover! Click the magazine photo to start reading excellent genealogy research ideas for free!