To write a family history, we must convert our ancestral information into paragraphs of prose. But how do we group the resulting paragraphs to produce a coherent structure?
We start by asking ourselves what we wish to achieve. Are we writing a family history that focuses on a surname line? Are we writing one that covers all of our ancestors or all of our descendants or all of the ancestors and descendants of a particular person?
And how do we craft an individual biography? Do we produce a family history that is a group of stand-alone biographies or one that has a narrative-style flow?
These and other subjects are discussed in this course.
This course is an expansion of the lesson shown below: Structuring a Family History. This lesson aired as a Legacy Family Tree Webinar in October 2022. There are more than 100 review comments on their website, which can be seen here. They include the following:
Absolutely fabulous! Carol is such a great presenter and I love her webinars! I have learned more about writing from her than I have from many previous writing courses and webinars. She is fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful series! (Karen Mcatlin)
Fabulous information, leaves me wanting more from Carol Baxter, she hooked me!! (Donita Dixon)
This webinar was exciting and contained so many good tips! I loved Carol’s enthusiasm and humor. I plan to listen to all of her other webinars. (Robyn Smith)
Absolutely wonderful. Best lesson in writing I have seen, and fun to watch as well. Kept my attention the whole time. (Rhonda Berry)
Truly an enjoyable evening with a very creative but amazingly practical-minded individual. What a fun time! I learned so much. (Anonymous)
Brilliant webinar with lots of great information and ideas to enable us to write a readable family history. (Brian Boneham)
Carol Baxter is the BEST! And I love all of the Legacy Webinars. But she has really opened up my eyes about writing interesting family histories that people will want to read. And she has such wonderful, organized lectures and structure to the process. I will watch everything she puts out. (Leslie Pilcher)
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A Helpful Miscellany lesson
Structuring a Family History
This lesson was prepared as a Legacy Family Tree Webinar and has been recorded for the WFFH website. It can only be accessed by Annual Members as part of the A Helpful Miscellany series of lessons.
Meanwhile, it is being expanded to produce an entire course, as shown below.