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Offline lizdb

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Re: Structuring a written family history
« Reply #9 on: Friday 26 August 11 12:16 BST (UK) »
We wrote our family history up in book form some years ago. As Family History is never ending (!) we produced a second book a few years later!

Ours was structured more or less in chronological order, starting with the earliest record. Chapters dealt in turn with the various sidelines. So Chapters were titled things like:
'The Earliest years', 'Children of  John and Ann'',' The sideline from William', 'towards the present day'

I dont know what form yuor research and tree has taken. If it is a tree starting with you at the bottom and working upwards to 2 parents, 4 grandparents etc, all from different families and each leading just on the next generation above it may be difficult to follow this form, as there will be lots and lots of people at the top of the tree all coming to gether to just one at the end. Ours is a tree starting with one guy at the top and following ALL his descendents down.

However you go about it, I am sure you will enjoy it and produce something worthwhile to be passed down, when computer records are obselete - all the ones saved to floppy disk are useless unless transferred to disc, and those on disc will be useless unless transferred to memory stick and then those will be useless unless ....etc etc!
When your descendents are storing info in a way that we cant even dream of now, they will cherish your book - if they just found an old memory stick in the loft they would probably just chuck it as it would be of no use to them!
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DeBoo - London
Green - Suffolk
Parker - Sussex
Kemp - Essex
Farrington - Essex
Boniface - West Sussex

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Re: Structuring a written family history
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday 13 February 18 08:03 GMT (UK) »
So much food for thought here...... I must just bite the bullet and make a start.  :-\  When I come back from holiday!!
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Re: Structuring a written family history
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 13 February 18 16:28 GMT (UK) »
One very important thing to me when looking in factual reference books, is the Source reference.

We may not be interested in looking at your family document sources, but reference sources can be very valuable to others (especially if we didn't know they existed, or how useful they might be), for using those sources in our own research.

Don't forget your Archive places, the collection name with reference numbers, with folio / page / sheet number and date; or Book title, pub. date, with the page number.

My feeling is that these MSS / document / Will / newspaper / book / if GRO Cert / Inquest / Divorce / Inquisition Post Mortem re land ownership / Manor / Tithe document / Act of Parliament / Court case / Grant / Letters Patent or Arms (if any) footnote references, are best at the bottom of the relevant page.

Say if it is word of mouth (passed down), or by letter to the author from Mr Nobody of Haslemere, nothing worse than searching archives that you think may hold the information, to find it is not there and concluding that it must be the author's own knowledge, or source is left unknown.

I hate references that are at the end of the chapter, or end of the book by chapter, as I often can't remember the chapter number I'm reading, have to thumb backward to find the chapter number, then find either the end of the chapter, or go to the back of the book and find the relevant chapter and then thumb down to the footnote number for the reference, by which time I've forgotten the footnote number, by the time I've got there.

If your references have to go at the back (because you are not sure how footnotes will work with page layout) don't start with footnote 1 for each chapter, but carry the footnote numbering on, from the last chapter.

So you see footnote 256 and go straight to References at the back (without having to work out which chapter you are in) and thumb straight down to 256 and the document of origin.

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