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Re: Need Family History Writing tips

Hi Karen:

First of all, just write away. Let your unedited thoughts flow onto paper.

I remember reading your posts concerning Halifax County on another Afrigeneas site. Good luck to you in researching and publishing your family history. Are you going to self publish or shop it to a publishing house or a special imprint?

In an earlier post on this site, I referred the Afrigeneas Writers family to the URL included below. It will take you to's article entitled, "The Mechanics of Writing Your Family History." It's a great article.

It suggests outlines to follow, asks who is your audience etc. Writing can remind you of college term papers that you sweated over. This time around, you are writing about something that you enjoy, family history.

I would like to know a bit more about why you want to stop. Do you have enough (information) or just had enough? I think we all have been there...when to stop your family chronicle. A suggestion is to discuss your manuscript with someone removed from your family. Someone who knows nothing about your family history and will ask questions that may point out gaps in your story. An example could be:

"Why did your great grandfather Smith move to Virginia? Why did he and the family return to North Carolina in 1904?


"I don't understand the connection to the Washington family"

I hope you get my drift.

One more question: Why is next month the deadline for your family history?

Let us know how we can help.

And always:

Write Away!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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