"Writing Your Family History" with the GGG
A family history can cover many generations or one family, all your ancestors, or simply one or a few family units. This talk discusses all aspects of writing a family history, from thinking about it to producing a finished product, including:
- Choosing a focus (which yields a title);
- Choosing a format;
- Writing (including everything from nitty-gritty tips to analysis of evidence, what to include and what not to include, etc.);
- Copyright Concerns;
- The many formats in which you might publish.
Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer, MLS, has a master’s degree in library science and a graduate certificate in archives. Most recently, she was the reference librarian at The Culinary Institute of America for eleven years. She has been doing genealogical research since 1979, and has been Vice President for Programs and Vice President for Publicity for the Dutchess County [New York] Genealogical Society since 1988. She is a member of several genealogical and professional societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the National Genealogical Society, and state and local societies. Her training as a librarian is useful to her in developing talks about research for genealogists.
Ms. Crawford-Oppenheimer's book, Long Distance Genealogy: Researching Your Family History from Home, was published by Betterway Books in 2000. Articles she has written have appeared in, among other magazines, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Quarterly, and Family Tree Magazine. She writes a column for the Armstrong County [PA] Genealogy Club Quarterly.