7957Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Writing a family history book
- May 3, 2005Another point I will make regarding writing your book. Only a small number of people will be interested in ALL your family lines, thus printing the smaller segments in volumes might be considered. Use the number of living people plus at least one extra copy for each married family. Be sure to date your printings and GEDCOMs; otherwise you might get mixed up and leave out a family member
Consider how wide spread your publication will be and if living people should be left out. But it should be the living family members buying the books and people LIKE to see their name in print they buy so they can tell who is related to them and how.
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Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 6:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Writing a family history book
In researching your book for printing, you can use either Family Tree Maker by Ancestry/MyFamily.com or
the PAF program by LDS. I really suggest using both in their present format. FTM provides the best input format for the book (in my opinion), but lacks the ability to break up family lines into usable sections such as the various surnames. This feature was removed from the later versions so PAF is best for splitting families.
FTM considers everyone as one big family. Use GEDCOM feature to move from FTM to PAF; split the family and use each segment in separate files and use a PAF GEDCOM into a smaller FTM file for easier handling.
After completion of your work on each segment, recombine them as GEDCOMs into one big FTM file for book printing format.
This takes time to do this in this way, but with smaller files, you can even store unused parts on removal disks for transport. I suggest a cd(R) backup on each segment periodically. CDR's are least expensive for this purpose and are least likely to be unreadable in the future.
However if you change to some other form of storage, transfer all to that type also.
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Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 7:34 PM
Subject: [Genealogy Research Club] Writing a family history book
I'm trying to get my information organized to write up a family
history book. I have a wide variety of information and I've come to
the conclusion that it will never be finished as pieces of the
puzzle will slowly trickle in for years to come. However, people
keep asking for copies, so I do need to think about putting it into
some kind of format. Does anyone have ideas they can share about:
1) style or theme of book
2) what to include and what to omit
3) samples of disclaimers (there always be people that will
4) dedications (something generic, I'll be adding a little
something for my kids)
5) how far should these branches reach (I have lots of
information/stories pertaining to people who've married into our
6) anything interesting that I haven't thought of adding (someone
mentioned I should add pictures of family heirlooms that have been
If I can get this organized to have it printed:
1) What about living people's information that I have been given,
but not by them?
2) Is there a certain size of book that would be better?
3) Is it tacky to give out a PDF format saved onto a disc rather
than take the expense to have it bound on paper?
4) Do I need to worry about copyright laws when I've been given
photos to copy? What if they are not the original, but a copy of
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Let me know what you think!
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