As genealogists, we often have short-term goals (such as find the obituary, gravestone, burial record, will, etc., to provide an end date for an ancestor). But what about long-term goals? Have you considered how to share your years of research with your family?
You can start small, with a genealogy photo book or a collection of family stories. Perhaps you have your great aunt's war-time journal, which you could transcribe and annotate. Or you'd like to write a multi-volume series, covering each of your grandparents' lines. There are plenty of genealogy projects to do.
Tools for Writing
To help you get started, here are a few suggestions for tools to help with writing:
RootsMagic's Personal Historian software
Guide to Genealogical Writing by Penelope Stratton and Henry B. Hoff (NEHGS)
Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills
The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America, 1607-1783 by Dale Taylor (and other books in the series)
Check out my writing/publishing series for genealogists:
- Top 10 reasons to publish your research
- Top 10 reasons to publish on paper
- Top 10 projects to publish
- Top 10 writing tips
- Publishing terms for the genealogist
- Top 10 marketing tips for publishing your genealogy
- Creating a genealogy photo book