Cousin Frank's topic was on creating a family history book. After reviewing his notes, I find myself wanting, yet again, to take the time to create a book that future generations can read when they have a need to find their roots.
I've been asked to do this by several kin and I just haven't done it. The main reason is the information uncovered changes so rapidly that the alleged book would be out of date when it is published. Seems like a familiar lament in the world of publishing.
If you decide to create a family history book, please consider the following as "must-have."
- Table of Contents with each major and minor family surname.
- Every name index.
- Source everything.
- Names, dates, marriages, deaths, grave locations, all children found.
- Add pictures of homes, people, graves, family plots, wedding announcements and obits.
- Have an appendix with wills.
- Have an appendix with land records.
- Tell the story of the area(s) in which your family lived or migrated.
- Tell the story of why they migrated.
- Include family lore, but be sure to acknowledge whether it has or has not been documented.
- Did I mention source EVERYTHING?
Ahh, genealogy. Tis always wonderful to sit and reread genealogy tales of the past. Many times, they remind me of the next step I need to take. That is, after I say a prayer of thanks for what my beloved family did, however big or small, and for their dedicated faith in God.
©2012 AS Eldredge