Review: On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers

On Your Own - How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers offers useful and practical advice, with extensive illustrated examples, of how to create your own family history book.

I’ll admit that as someone who has self-published both print and e-books, I have an advantage and can employ all the “tricks” and “inside information” when producing a book. But what if you wanted to take years of genealogical research and present it in printed book format to share with family and friends? How would you get started? Do you know the steps to be completed and the pitfalls of the self-publishing process?

With On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers by Elayne and Stephen Denker you’ll learn the ins and outs of creating a well-formatted and enjoyable family history book that your family will cherish for generations.

Highlights – An Abundance of Ideas and Formats

At 77 pages, you might think that this guide is “light” or doesn’t cover many self-publishing and formatting options. Not true! Inside you’ll find valuable information:

  • Page Layout – a review of how to select fonts, set margins, add images and more.
  • Page Design Examples – a gallery of different types of sections to include in your family history book such as pages with maps and data, cemeteries, family trees, etc.
  • Software Tools – a review of basic concepts and how to use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Photo Editor as well as how to scan images and text.
  • Enhancing Documents – tips on the best methods of working with both digital photos and text.
  • Large Format Records – the problem with large census sheets and other documents can be vexing even for experts; lots of good advice on how to include these items in your book.

The only issue I found in working with On Your Own: the Software Tools section needs to be updated and made current. I’d love to see an updated version of this guide that covers photo tools such as Picasa, GIMP and others. In addition, rather than covering just Microsoft Word, branch out to include Google Docs as well.

Conclusion

On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers by Elayne and Stephen Denker is more than just a handy “how to” guide for the DIY family history self-publisher. The authors show you their own publishing journey, complete with extensive illustrations. As you read, you’ll want to have a pen and paper handy to jot down ideas for your own family history book!

On Your Own – How to Design And Construct A Family History Book to Inform And Captivate Readers is available in softcover format via Amazon and Maia’s Books.

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Genealogy Do-Over: Last Day to View FREE Webinar Recording

Watch Thomas MacEntee present his plan to "redo" years worth of genealogy research - Genealogy Do-Over webinar at Legacy Family Tree.

Today, Tuesday, January 27th is the LAST DAY to view the recording of My Genealogy DO-Over – A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes – my latest webinar at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

If you’ve been wondering about the “Genealogy Do-Over” and how it works – and why we’ve attracted over 3,200 people to the Genealogy Do-Over Facebook Group, then spend some time and watch this webinar.

Click here for more information on the Genealogy Do-Over and how you can participate!

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“Genealogy Roadshow” Season 2 Episode 3 Tonight on PBS

PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW uncovers family secrets in the series’ 2nd season, premiering Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. ET and airs every Tuesday thru February 24

Don’t forget to watch the next episode of the Genealogy Roadshow tonight, Tuesday 27 January 2015, at 8:00 pm EST. This week’s episode is entitled Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute:

In Philadelphia, a man learns his family's role in history; a man unearths possible Viking roots; and a family discovers a possible link to one of history's biggest scams. Also: A man hopes to confirm that he's related to a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and two sisters learn their ancestors were part of the great Irish migration.

“At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories. A man learns that the event that drove his family to the City of Brotherly Love changed the course of history; a man may be a Viking descendant; another’s family could have part of one of history’s biggest scams; a young man hopes to confirm his relation to a signer of the Declaration of Independence; and two sisters learn their ancestors were part of the great Irish migration.”

Season 2 – Genealogy Roadshow

Season 2 of the Genealogy Roadshow, which runs through Tuesday 24 February 2015 (check local listings for exact date and time), visits three important cities in the history and development of the United States: New Orleans, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

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