|by Stephen Szabados
Paperback: 134 pages
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
Genealogy research should go beyond finding documents and filling in charts. This book outlines a simple process that will aid your research and create pages of information that can be read and understood by all family members. Your research will become faster and more accurate and your family can enjoy the family history. We all have family stories that give insights into the lives our ancestors. Some are entertaining and others are more historical in nature. Many others are celebrations of our ethnic and cultural heritage. They all should be saved and repeated for our future generations. However, pieces of these stories are lost as families pass them down from generation to generation. Writing a family history will save them for many generations. Writing a family history can seem to be a very challenging project for many people. Hopefully, the methods discussed in this book will show the reader a simple format that will make this task much easier. You may be reluctant to write down these stories because you do not consider yourself a writer or you cannot see how your family history is important to save. However, it is important for you to understand that someone in your family should capture and save the oral histories, do the research to try to confirm what the accurate story is and do the research to increase the knowledge of your ancestor’s lives. All of our immigrant ancestors contributed to America’s history and their stories should be saved for our grandchildren. Our family histories should give clues of their roles and this will help us understand our roots. Your collection of family history, photos and documents are incomplete unless someone writes an explanation of how they are related. This creates your unique family history and is the core of why someone needs to write them down for the enjoyment of your children and grandchildren. If you feel you do not have the skills to do this, who in your family can? If you like to do the research, is there someone that can work with you to write it? If you are interested in telling your family stories, I hope that the materials in this book help you overcome your fears of writing and you will commit the oral traditions of your family to the written word. I show how getting started with brief biographical summaries can make writing easier and overcome your fears of writing, I cover simple methods for organizing your summaries that can stand alone and then later be combined into a larger document that becomes your family history. The book reviews a simple process that compiles oral history, family pictures, and genealogical documents and puts it together into a readable and interesting document that suddenly becomes your family history.