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When in Doubt, Use a Dictionary

Last summer I attended the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. I was in Thomas Jones’s class Writing and Publishing for Genealogists. The class was well worth the money and I learned a lot about all things writing and editing in the world of genealogy.

One of the best tips I got was simple—use a dictionary! For a moment I thought, “well isn’t that obvious?” Sure, I use it regularly to look up correct spellings and definitions. But as Dr. Jones went on, I realized just how useful a dictionary could be.

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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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The Future of Memories

FutureOfMemoriesDenis Barrett Olson put together a digital book that offers up advice and ideas for digitally publishing your family stories.  The Future of Memories “introduces you to these new technologies and shows you how to take advantage of the opportunities they offer to produce quality histories at a reasonable price.”

Currently, you can purchase the book for $2.99 in PDF format through Scribd or as an Kindle eBook through Amazon.  eBook versions for iBook and Nook will be available soon.