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Book Review – Guide to Genealogical Writing

GuidetoGenWritingTitle:  Guide to Genealogical Writing

Authors:  Penelope L. Stratton and Henry B. Hoff

Format:  Paperback

Published:  2014

Synopsis:  (from NEHGS website)  Whether you are new to genealogy or have been researching for years, this improved edition of our bestselling “writing guide” will help you present your findings in writing.  Using examples from NEHGS’s award-winning publications, our experts show you how to write your family history clearly and accurately—from building a genealogical sketch to adding images to indexing.  An appendix on genealogical style covers alternate spellings of names, when and how to use lineage lines, how to include adopted children and stepchildren, aspects of double dating, and other issues faced by genealogical writers.  This update of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century is a must-have for anyone interested in sharing their research!

My Rating: 

This book caught my attention before it was even published and I of course had to get my order in early so that when it was published, I’d be among the first to receive a copy.  Although this is considered an update to Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century (second edition published in 2006), I tend to disagree, only because I feel it is its own book.  While there is some topical overlap between the two books, each is written and organized differently. 

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Holiday Sale at FamilyTreeDNA

Just received word of the big holiday sale going on over at FamilyTreeDNA.  Tons of DNA tests available at bargain prices, including Family Finder (autosomal DNA), Y-DNA, Y-DNA Upgrades, and mtDNA.  Below is a list of some of the popular tests with their sale price.

  • Family Finder (autosomal DNA) on sale for $89
  • Y-DNA 37 marker on sale for $129
  • Y-DNA 67 marker on sale for $199
  • mtDNA full sequence on sale for $169

Head on over to FTDNA’s website to see all the sale prices and order your test(s) today!

SCGS GENEii Writing Contest Underway for 2014

It’s that time again!  The Southern California Genealogical Society’s 15th Annual GENEii Writing Contest is now underway.  Entries will be accepted from now until December 31, 2014.  You do not have to be a member of SCGS to enter, nor does your submission have to relate to California.  Entries must be family or local history articles, memoirs, or character sketches, which may or may not have been previously published.

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Register for CSI-Genealogy, New Institute in Illinois Next May


I must apologize to my readers as I thought I had posted about the new Carl Sandburg Institute of Genealogy (CSI-Genealogy) that will be held in Galesburg, Illinois, May 28 to June 1, 2015.  Apparently, I did not, so here’s the scoop.

Over the course of 4-1/2 days, attendees attend a variety of classes/lectures specific to the track they choose.  The four tracks that are available are:

If you click on the link for the tracks, you can see the list of classes/lectures that are included.

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