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Let's Go Back to Writing Your Story

Continuing the plan to write my family history: Most of us put off writing a history of our family because we're still researching. I have begun wrting our family history by writing something two or three times a week. I still continue to research but at some point, I will publish my book. The first thing I did was to write a list of things/persons I wanted my book to contain, including individual stories of members of my family, documents, family group sheets, pedigree sheets, etc. To be continued....

Female Ancestors

Female ancestors after being widowed are often listed in city directories. Look for them using both her married surname and under maiden surname or also under Mrs. (Initial of husband) married surname. On the same page where you find her, look for relatives.

Timeline

To search for that elusive ancestor, you must have rough idea of birth date, death date or marriage date. You might try a timeline to see if you can place your ancestor in a certain location. Try it by filling in the blanks wherever you can and see if it helps in locating someone in that timeline, thereby leading you to your ancestor

Writing your Story

If you're like me, you don't just do one thing at a time. I'm trying to write my family story, but at the same time, I'm also researching, helping other people research and indexing. I found the best form to use for my book. It's a quick way of writing a short synopsis of my ancestor's life. In other words, it's a one page story. It will be perfect for an ancestor that I don't know that much about, but would like to include him in my book. He is one of four siblings, a brother to my grandfather. It's something you can complete in one 30 minute session and it's very attractive. It has a short introduction with a few details, such as date of birth, where born, and date of death. All t

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