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Open Thread Thursday – Family History Publishing


Believe it or not, the holiday gift-giving season is almost upon us.  Have you considered converting your blog posts or some of your genealogy research into print form as a gift for loved ones?

Don’t wait until the last minute to consider this type of project! Before you get started you need to determine the how before the what. This means deciding on format (electronic book aka “ebook” or print), the platform (which vendor to use?), the type of product (book, magazine or even calendar or gift item?), etc. Take a look at our new Resources for Family History Publishing for some ideas and advice.

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Please either post on today’s topic of Family History Publishing at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section:

  • Have you already created your own book or keepsake based on your genealogy blog posts? If so, please tell us about it and show off your creation!
  • Have you thought about printing a book but didn’t know how to start? What would the title of your book be and what about the subject matter? How would you sell the book – in person, on-line or other venues?
  • What about your genealogy society – have they considered going to “print on demand” for their publications? What about having an ezine instead of a printed quarterly or journal?
  • Are you interested in creating other gift items like calendars using photos of your ancestors?

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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6 thoughts on “Open Thread Thursday – Family History Publishing

  1. Two Christmases ago, I used to create a family history book for my paternal line and sent copies of the book to each of my Dad’s siblings. I was able to share my research, family photos and stories with the family. I hope to do the same for my mom’s siblings soon.

    The book:

    I recommend blurb for anyone looking to make a family history book that contains a lot of photos and original documents. It’s easy to use, not expensive and the end product is great.

  2. I was fooling around with’s calendar feature in My Canvas, mostly to get birth and anniversaries dates on a calendar for potential blog posts. However, I am think I will add old photos and get a 2011 calendar made for Christmas for my 82-year-old parents (who don’t really need anything and are thus hard to buy for!).

    Thanks for the various tips in the previous post, especially on converting blog posts to books!

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