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Scrivener for the Family History Writer - The Corkboard

I hope you enjoy this second mini-webinar in this series, Scrivener for the Family History Writer. In this video we take a closer look at the corkboard and how you can customized this unique tool that will help you to brainstorm and outline your family history projects.

If you missed our first video An Introduction to Scrivener for the Family History Writer you can catch it here. 
If you want to grab a copy of the writing software program, Scrivener click below (affiliate links)

Scrivener for Windows (Regular Licence)
Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)

More videos are on the way, if you have any questions that I can address in future videos or in the comments below please give me a shout, until then enjoy the video.


  1. Thanks for this series; I got Scrivener a while back but found it difficult to adapt to nonfiction projects. It seemed primarily designed for novels. Your clear, well-detailed suggestions on how to use it for family history are excellent.

  2. Been working with Scrivener for a book on an ancestral family. Love it and appreciate your tutorials. They are very helpful. Please keep up the great work. Thanks Kim

  3. Scrivener is the best value software I ever bought, and I have bought loads! Having struggled writing a book in Word for years, I bought the PC version as soon as it came out and havent looked back. I now find writing exciting and fun. The best bit is that I can export the current draft to my Kindle and see how it will look.
    I just annotated a load of corrections on my Kindle while sat waiting for my car to be fixed at the garage.
    The clever Scrivener system would allow you to quickly generate different versions of your family history book for different people, using keywords on each section of text. Then you can have a version for the kids, one that includes no living relatives, one that covers one side of the family etc..

  4. Finally getting organized on Scrivener again! Yeah! I worked on a small window of my project as I followed the tutorial and it was so helpful! One question I have is how did you get some of your cards yellow and others green?

  5. Hi Debra, sorry I didn't get back to your question yesterday. The colour of the index cards are determined by the labels in the Inspector. So in your inspector you can decide whether to give each file a status, such as Chapter, scene, concept and assign a colour to each. Therefore once you assign a file a label then the card becomes that colour as a visual cue. You can change the intensity of the colour by Tools/Options/Corkboard/label tint obacity -making them darker or lighter.Hope you follow. If you don't wish to use the labels you can change the card colours through Tools/Options/Appearance/Index Cards/ Background. But this will change all of them. Hope you follow.

  6. Thanks Lynn.
    Now that I am about to get back into writing, I finally watched this video. It is very helpful. I found out things that I had not managed to find out for myself. I love the colour coding, now I can see at a glance what belongs where.

  7. Another great video, Lynn. I'm just fascinated with the different ways that you can use the cork board. This looks like it would be great for so many different projects, from blog posts to books to client reports even. My head is spinning with ideas. Thanks! Off to the next video...

  8. Thanks Stephanie, make sure you take the time to play around with the features. Not all features everyone uses, you'll find the ones that make the most sense to you. I have more videos coming as these only scratch the surface. If you have access to two computers, watch the video on one while you play around with the program on the other computer.