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Tools for the Family History Writer


Scrivener


I’m always on the lookout for a new writing tool, something to keep me organized and on target. Perhaps I’m secretly looking for a wonderful invention that will take away all the pains of actually sitting down and accomplishing the task. Of course, I learned that long ago there is no magic wand.

I’ve tried a number of programs in the past and I always end up in the same place with a software program that complicates the entire writing process and creates more work and requires me to study a long dry manual to get started.  

Enter Scrivener.....I wasn’t using this program long before I was soon singing its praises. Simply because there is no huge learning curve, you can be up and using Scrivener in a matter of minutes.

Regardless of whether you are writing your family history book, a fictional novel, a how to book, a magazine article or series of blog posts, Scrivener can organize your projects into efficient and organized binders. Scrivener is a flexible and easy-to-use tool regardless of what you’re writing. 

I love Scrivener and I became an affiliate of the product. I've also began creating a series of videos Scrivener for the Family History Writer. Each video helps you explore Scrivener getting to know Scriveners many features, all the while keeping the family historian in mind. 


Scrivener for the Family History Writer 

Video Series


  1. An Introduction to Scrivener for the Family History Writer
  2. The Corkboard - Where you'll plan and outline your family history projects
  3. The Editor - Create the perfect writing environment
  4. Snapshots - Capture your writing before the changes 
  5. The Outliner- Plan and organize in a hierarchical format 
  6. Scrivener - Annotations
  7. Scrivener - How to Use Comments 

5 comments:

  1. Hi Lynn,
    I just finished watching the video about Scriveners. Good timing as I am about to put in a concerted effort into putting 15-20 years of genealogy research into book form.

    I have been using Family Tree Maker genealogy program, a Ancestry.com product, for many years. They now have what is called "Smart Story." I am still in the learning curve for the 2012 edition of FTM and wonder if you are familiar enough with it to tell me what advantages there might be to using Scriveners. Ancestry was not familiar with Scribeners, so I turn to you for your advise.

    Dorothy Petraitis,

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  2. Thank you for the Scrivener videos. I am writing my personal history for a college class right now and could not be happier. I would recommend that anyone with questions download the free trial and see what makes the program. special. Scrivener is easy to use and yet complex in what it accomplishes.

    I found your website today when I realized that I could probably use Scrivener to keep stories and photos organized for writing a family history. Great minds think alike.

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  3. Your post on using Scrivener are very help full.

    It would would like to see how to print the output to pdf and e-pub.

    Your booklet "The Complete Guide to Interview" is great. Did you do this in Scrivener? If so it would be great to see a start to finished tutorial on how you did it. Is it necessary to have some other software to publish something like your guide?

    One suggestion on you web blog is I have no ideal when the item was published other than looking at some comments. I don't know if I am responding to a really old post or a new one.

    Thanks
    Roger

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    1. Hi Roger. Thanks for your feedback. I did use Scrivener for the Interview ebook. However I went from Scrivener to word and then a pdf. I'm currently working on a few other ebooks, I will try some various other paths this time out. But you are right it is a great topic for a video. And no, no other software was required. I do not publish dates on posts, I try to keep it clean looking plus I'm trying to write articles that stand the test of time but I appreciate your thoughts on the matter. There will be more Scrivener videos in the new year, took a bit of a break but there will be more.

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  4. Hey Lynn! Helpful post. Wanted to share a tool that we have been updating ourselves over at www.county-clerks.com -- latest and greatest directory of county clerk contact information for the 3,200+ counties in the USA! Just updated recently and is a great place for people to get records for their genealogy search! Hope I could be of help! -Adam

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