If you'd like to start with a smaller project, consider writing for a genealogical publication. Many genealogy societies publish periodicals that contain articles written on a variety of topics. These might be a biographical sketch of an ancestor, a brief history of a town or church, record transcriptions, or a story about a research experience. The Central Texas Genealogical Society publishes Heart of Texas Records on a quarterly basis. Click here to visit their website and learn more.
There are many different kinds of family history books. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.
Family Photo Album: Scan family photos and have a photo album printed. Identify the names, places, and events in the photos. Include a family tree or family group sheet so future generations can know how people were related. You could also include items like maps, news clippings, or other documents.
Memoir or Biography: Focus your family history on the life of one ancestor or couple. This is great if you have a lot of information about one generation. Include photos and stories. This is a great way to capture information that is not found in typical genealogy records and preserve it for future generations.
Transcription of Letters or Journals: If you have family journals or letters in your possession, transcribe them to create a book. Arrange the material in chronological order. Add annotations or keys that help explain relationships or places. Add photos, news clippings, and other documents as relevant.
Traditional Family History: Choose an ancestor and document their descendants. You can choose to include all descendants or just individuals along a certain line or in a certain location.
Whichever format you choose to use, be sure to document your sources and only include factual information.
What do you do with your book once you've finished writing?