Follow the fastest method for writing a family history that isn't boring.
You can write a family history that your relatives will love to read, even when you are not a creative writer.
The best way to preserve your family legacy is through storytelling. Unfortunately, most genealogists are not creative writers by nature. How can you share your discoveries in a way your relatives will think the most boring ancestor is pretty darn spectacular?
Follow the recipe for writing your family history - the fastest method for going from data to draft.
Then, polish and publish and move on to the ancestor's story.
The only thing stopping you now is starting.
Discover a step-by-step guide that will simplify the writing process
☑ Select one ancestor on which to focus.
☑ Start by writing one basic sentence about an event in their life.
☑ Add family and historical context to enrich the documented facts.
☑ Polish your story with citations and transitions.
☑ Publish and repeat for another ancestor.
Discover how I wrote 120 ancestor stories in one year.
In 2012, my final living ancestors died - my mother and my grandmother. The new role of matriarch of my family and keeper of the family legacy crushed me as I processed the grief of saying goodbye.
I feared to die and take all the stories these two women shared with me to the grave. I needed a way to preserve my heritage and my genealogy research, and I needed it NOW!
Like you, I searched books, conference workshops, blog posts, and videos for training that would enable me to quickly process all of my discoveries. Unfortunately, the recommendations targeted a creative writer or someone who wanted to compile boring books of genealogy data my family would never read.
I forged a new path and developed a recipe that took me step-by-step from details on documents to multi-page stories of people I only knew through family legends and the documents in genealogy files. If a poor speller who struggles with grammar can write stories about her ancestors that her family history avoiding cousins beg for the next installment, you can to.
Motivated Writers Say:
Genealogist Julie Cahill Tarr said this book motivated her to write her stories.
"Written in an upbeat, conversational tone, Devon Noel Lee guides you through her writing process, which is actually a superb method because it breaks the project into manageable steps. These simple steps will help keep you from becoming overwhelmed because you’re focusing on one thing at a time.
She provides illustrative examples during each step, so you really get an understanding of how to write a good story about your ancestors. There are a ton of ideas to get you thinking outside the box.
By the time I finished the book, I felt a wild sense of motivation that I haven’t had in a long time."