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Writing Your Family History - Your How To Guide Starts Here

Three years ago, I began a journey in genealogy. More specifically, I began to assemble and document my genealogy into a family history book. Thirty years earlier, my uncles and aunts assembled what they called the Anniversary Book, which they presented to everyone at the event of my Grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary. I was 15 years old at the time. I filed that book away in my keepsake box. Occasionally, as I got older I would pull it out. When I began to discover genealogy, the anniversary book became my constant companion.

In the fall of 2007, my cousin who lives in Virgina and I who live in Ontario, decided to establish a long distance relationship based on our love of genealogy. We knew it had been 30 years since the Anniversary Book was published and a new updated book was long overdue. We had been dabbling in genealogy separately and be both realized our research had unveiled many mistakes in the first book. We made the commitment to create a family history book before our next family reunion in July of 2010.

Now we are less than 5 months away from our book going to print. We are still very busy but it truly has been an adventure, a journey and an education. It is this education, that I wish to share with you. Therefore, on this blog each Wednesday, I am going to dedicate to writing your family history. Every Wednesday, I will share with you some tips, how-tos and knowledge that I learned along this journey. We will break the process of writing a family history book down into easy manageable steps.

Many family historians spend years researching, only to have a pile of photos and documents that will never see the light of day. At the Armchair Genealogist, you will discover the tools you need to take your genealogy research and organize into a history book you will be proud to share with your family. Join me next Wednesday, our topic will be getting organized.