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How to Avoid Writing a Boring Family History

Published genealogy with the prompt to avoid writing boring family histories

After reading numerous articles with tips for writing a family history, I have cringed as these articles make the process overly complex and the end result becomes cures for insomnia.

Video: How to Avoid Writing Boring Family Histories

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Many genealogists dream of writing “The Book” for family history, perhaps you’re one of them. Don’t destroy your admirable goal of turning your filing cabinets of facts into a bound book for your family to appreciate their heritage by printing the worst offender -- a Register Style genealogy book.

Example of NEHGS Register Style Family History

Ask yourself, do you really want to read this register style family history?

Apparently, a well-known genealogy society developed the Register Style Family History in the 1870s. (source) The format succeeds in organizing generations and facts in an economical way.

HOWEVER, we live in an age where you can inexpensively publish a book through or Amazon (among others). These on-demand single run publishers allow you the freedom to tell better stories without breaking the bank.

So, I must beseech you to implement tip #1 of writing better family histories -- don’t write register style books. Instead, follow these simple steps.

Tip for Writing an Enjoyable Family History

In this video, I’ll walk you through the simple steps to end the boring family history book curse. These easy steps will surprise you, even if you lack creating writing skills.

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Nine minutes of writing tips you won’t want to ignore

The tough love writing advice in the above video explains the following tips:

  1. Add Explanations

  2. Describe the Locations

  3. Move Genealogy Proofs

  4. Add Context

If you’re a prickly genealogist who thinks there is only one way to write a family history, then don’t watch this video as I just might offend you. (Especially when I tell you the truth about your proof arguments and what to do with them)

If you want to share your family history without your family running for the hills to avoid you, then this video is for you.

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Additional Family History Writing Tips and Examples

If you want even more tips on how to improve your family history writing, then you need to immerse yourself in these articles

If you have followed all of the above family history writing tips and you want to add more creativity, then watch this video entitled “Adding Drama to Your Family History Writing Projects

Additional Writing Tips:

  1. How to Write Family History More Powerfully from Genealogy Gems -- this one is for creative storytellers

  2. 6 Tips for Writing Your Family History from Family Tree Magazine -- these tips cover making a plan and getting help

Page from published family history book with text - Learn how to stop writing boring family histories

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