Recently at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2015 conference in San Antonio, Texas, I had the pleasure to meet author Karen Merrill Martin who has recently published Goldsborough Families – Descendants of Charles Worthington Goldsborough and Ruth Arilla Redfearn. When I was asked to review the book, of course I said “Yes” because I’m always curious to see how other genealogists take years of research to produce a published work.
What Martin has produced is not only an excellent example of self-publishing by a genealogist, but Goldsborough Families is a thoroughly engaging read filled with photos and compelling family stories.
Goldsborough Families – A Solid Read
As someone who teaches self-publishing in the genealogy industry, when I review a book I have a mental checklist of items that should be included and Martin has all bases covered. In fact, she’s added a few things that caused me to say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” such as a front section entitled “Conventions, Abbreviations and The Like.” Here the author explains to the non-genealogy reader the Modified Register format for labeling and numbering individuals. Also included are abbreviations that any genealogist would know, but perhaps not a family member reading the book.
Martin details the lives of six generations of Goldsborough family members, offering photos, transcriptions of newspaper articles and obituaries, all with source citations at the end of each generation section. While many family history books follow this format, I can tell that the author took extra care in selecting the best photos with high resolution and also arranged all elements about an ancestor to tell a solid story for each.
The stories are wonderful and enjoyable to read – even if they aren’t my own relations! What Martin has produced in Goldsborough Families is a fine example of what every self-published genealogy book should be.
At 401 pages, Goldsborough Families is a substantial family history book and genealogy societies and libraries will definitely want to get a copy for their patrons. Individuals will also benefit from the book, not only for research linked to these families, but also as an example of what can be done with years of genealogy research.
Please visit Karen Merrill Martin’s website at http://karenskuzins.weebly.com/ for more information about Goldsborough Families – Descendants of Charles Worthington Goldsborough and Ruth Arilla Redfearn and how to purchase your copy.
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