Writing and Publishing Your Family History: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

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Countryside Books, 2003 - Reference - 127 pages
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If you have picked up this book you may well already be collecting information about your family and its history. You have names, dates, places, and often more detailed information concerning the lives of many departed relatives - possibly going back centuries. So have you ever considered writing it up and leaving your archive for present family members and future generations to enjoy? Perhaps you have been put off by a lack of time, or the fear of criticism when others begin reading your work? Your worries are unfounded, says John Titford. Writing up your family's history and preparing it for publication, can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do. In this book he explains how straightforward the whole process can be, from getting started and assembling the material you have, to actually writing and then producing it yourself in a printed form, simply and inexpensively. There is carefully presented advice on all aspects of the process including editing, laying it out, printing, and the costs that may be involved. The result of all your labours need not be costly, and will almost certainly bring immense satisfaction to you and your family. Titford's book offers a stimulus of practical encouragement to all those involved with tracing their ancestors.

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John Titford explains the subject fully with his usual clarity and enthusiasm. Taking a step by step approach, he deals first with the history of surnames and of the languages which gave rise to them, followed by a series of surname surgeries and case studies that suggest various techniques for getting a name To yield up its meaning.

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