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Writing Up Your Family History: A Do-it-yourself Guide (Genealogy) Paperback – 20 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Countryside Books; 2nd edition (20 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853068225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853068225
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By June Weaver on 17 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
After wading through many books from the Library, I came across this one at a Coffee Morning! The stallholder persuaded me to buy it even though I had nearly finished writing my Family Hisory. Reluctantly I forked out £1 (I'd beaten her down from £2)and took it home. It really focused me and when I read, 'You cannot possibly include everything,' that enabled me to draw things to a conclusion - after 30 years of writing! There is so much helpful advice in there, better than I've found anywhere else, I think. Now that my book is being published, there is more advice on how to distribute and sell your book. It's all there. On the Anniversary of the said Coffee Morning, I returned and gave the same stallholder another £1, telling her how useful the book had been. The best £2 I've every spent!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "regionalbooks" on 5 Mar. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is designed to help those who wish to take collecting material about their ancestors a step further. It explains the different stages of doing this in an easy, step by step style. Under four main headings it describes how to collect your material, how to organise and arrange it into book form, how to decide on the size, shape and number of illustrations, and how to get it published.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By andrea on 24 Dec. 2009
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I was hoping to find a guide to structure in a coherent way the information gathered on the family, the book indeed covers the topics individually but does not do much in the way of proposing a "workflow". I am not sure if it makes sense to expect this from a book, but there isn't much innovative advice I got from the text which I haven't found by searching the web or by simply using some common sense.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Autumnmiss on 4 Feb. 2007
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This book is a real eye opener. It gave me lots to think about in the first few pages. It takes you through writing your family history from early research to publication. Johns voice clearly comes through and I felt as if I was having a personal one to one with him.

Get this book and no other!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By annmarie on 20 Nov. 2011
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I approached this book warily as I hadn't had the chance to 'flick through' as one does in a shop. However, I needn't have worried as it was well written and informative. I especially liked the author's idea of writing up cameo's of different relatives as stories arose which could then be grouped together and just printed as a series of short stories of various family members. Very helpful indeed. I would recommend this book for anyone thinking of starting the marathon of writing up their family history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sandy-liz on 7 Nov. 2013
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After researching my family history for the pasr 15 years or so, I have been looking for a product to enable me to present the information collatedd in the best possibled way. This book not only helps me do that but gives me a choice of styles. For anyone at the point of writing their family history, I would recommend this.
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It is well written and with a somewhat informal style which adds to its value. If you want to document your research - which you should if at all possible - then this guide will show you the way.

Why not 5 stars? I reserve such a rating for a work that is exceptionally good. 4 stars is worth getting and 5 stars is a definite buy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Wakefield on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book does what it says on the cover it explains how to write up your family history offering various methods advice on presentation and useful contacts well worth the cover price or a trip to your local library
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