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Mt. Timpanogos Temple, photo by Rick Satterfield, used with permission

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Publishing Your Family History

Photo Credit: Rayanne B. Melick
I think that all of us genealogists want to publish at some point. The problem is that we always have "one more thing to prove" before we get it published. With the advances in the digital world, why wait to publish your book? Publish online! I remember trying to get a relative to share info with me (I would share also), but the same old line was, "You'll get to read it when I publish it." Sadly, it was never published as this relative died a few years after this pronouncement to me. I really wish she would have shared. We could have put our heads together to help each other. That is what the FamilySearch program is trying to get us to do. So, let's learn a little about how to publish online. There are all sorts of ways to get your information out there. I came across an article by Denise Barrett Olson. She wrote about Personal Publishing: Blog Your Family History for the TechTips blog at There were some really good ideas in it. See for yourself!

1 comment:

Biff Barnes said...

Rayanne, this is such an important point. As an editor who works with people who want to write family history books I hear people say, “I’ll be ready to write my book as soon as I finish my research.” Every time I hear a person say it I am reminded of a remark by two-time Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Barbara Tuchman who once advised, “One must stop before one has finished; otherwise, one will never stop and never finish.”
You advice that people seek to publish now is really sound. There’s always time for a second edition.

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