Developing and Writing Your Family History (803)
Writing a family history is the logical step after genealogical research, and sometimes while research is still in progress. To avoid gathering dust, a family story must be written to appeal to a broad spectrum of relatives and readers, to answer questions of relationships and to stimulate the sharing of knowledge. The history of a family blends a range of information: the ancestors and their stories, the places they knew, and the context of contemporary conditions and event. A good story, based on sound research, is a focal point of a family re-union, and it makes a great gift.
This course begins with advice on injecting life into the family history and ideas for identifying historical themes. These two elements are key to holding interest. Among the ideas and themes discussed are the use of photographs, online possibilities for sharing and networking, the occupations of your ancestors and the lives of women and children. The third lesson discusses the writing process and includes examples of different themes and approaches to help generate new ideas and class discussion.
Instructor: Brian Drescher
Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.
STUDENTS SAID: "The course gave good ideas on what to include and tips on how to lay it out."
Relevant Countries: General