We are trying to compile a family history.

We are trying to compile a family history. 

The Library of Congress online catalog lists these books about writing a family history. 

Here are a few of the more recent books in the Library of Congress online catalog about writing/publishing your family history.  There were 16 pages, so you have plenty of other titles to choose from.  Your local public library may have these, or be able to get them for you through interlibrary loans.

1.  How to write your family history : a guide to creating, planning, editing and publishing family stories

https://lccn.loc.gov/2014482074

Kyle, Noeline, 1940- author. How to write your family history : a guide to creating, planning, editing and publishing family stories / Noeline Kyle. St Agnes, SA : Unlock the Past, 2015.©2015

     31 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

     CS2003 .K964 2015

     ISBN: 97819219563001921956305

2.  Writing a non-boring family history

https://lccn.loc.gov/2010670851

Edwards, Hazel. Writing a non-boring family history / Hazel Edwards. Revised ed. McMahons Point, N.S.W. : GHR Press, 2011.

     xi, 129 p. ; 22 cm.

     CS16 .E17 2011

     ISBN: 9780868067162 (pbk.)

3.  Creating a winning family history : including a guide to the NGS family history writing contest

https://lccn.loc.gov/2017448613

Finley, Carmen J., author. Creating a winning family history : including a guide to the NGS family history writing contest / Carmen J. Finely. Revised edition. Arlington, Virginia : National Genealogical Society, 2010.

     38 pages ; 26 cm.

     CS16 .F53 2010

     ISBN: 9780915156993 (pbk.)0915156997 (pbk.)

4.  Publish your family history : preserving your heritage in a book

https://lccn.loc.gov/2010444773

Yates, S. (Susan), 1943- Publish your family history : preserving your heritage in a book / Susan Yates & Greg Ioannou. Toronto ; Tonawanda, NY : Ontario Genealogical Society/Dundurn Press, c2010.

     152 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

     Z286.G46 Y38 2010

     ISBN: 9781554887279 (pbk.)

5.  Your family's history : research, write and publish it

https://lccn.loc.gov/2010497720

MacGibbon, John, 1945- Your family's history : research, write and publish it / John MacGibbon. [2nd ed]. [Wellington, N.Z.] : Ngaio Press, [2009]

     40 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

     CS16 .M32 2009

     ISBN: 9780958285568 (pbk.)

6.  Jacob's well : a case for rethinking family history

https://lccn.loc.gov/2007046458

Amato, Joseph Anthony. Jacob's well : a case for rethinking family history / Joseph A. Amato. St. Paul, MN : Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2008.

     xvi, 279 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

     CS71.A4816 2008

     ISBN: 9780873516136 (cloth : alk. paper)0873516133 (cloth : alk. paper)

7.  You can write your family history

https://lccn.loc.gov/2007938194

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo, 1956- You can write your family history / Sharon DeBartolo Carmack. 1st ed. Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., 2008.

     245 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

     CS16 .C3665 2008

     ISBN: 9780806317830 (alk. paper)

8.  Family secrets and scandals

https://lccn.loc.gov/2004009564

Carlberg, Nancy Ellen. Family secrets and scandals / Nancy Ellen Carlberg. 2nd ed. Brea, Calif. : Creative Continuum, c2004.

     58 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

     CS14 .C36 2004

     ISBN: 1932252347 (pbk.)

9.  How to write and publish local and family history successfully : books, booklets, magazines, CD-ROMs, and Web sites

https://lccn.loc.gov/2006365669

Trubshaw, Bob. How to write and publish local and family history successfully : books, booklets, magazines, CD-ROMs, and Web sites / Bob Trubshaw. Wymeswold, Loughborough : Heart of Albion Press, c2005.

     xvii, 271 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

     Z286.G46 T78 2005

     ISBN: 1872883591 (pbk.)

10.  Create the perfect family keepsake

https://lccn.loc.gov/2004557907

Higgins, Joyce D. Create the perfect family keepsake / [by Joyce D. Higgins]. Cherry Valley, IL (P.O. Box 478, Cherry Valley 61016-0478) : FDS Pub., 2003.

     38 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.

     CS16 .H535 2003

11.  Writing up your family history : a do-it-yourself guide

https://lccn.loc.gov/2004426356

Titford, John. Writing up your family history : a do-it-yourself guide / John Titford. 2nd ed. Newbury, Berkshire : Countryside Books, 2003.

     127 p. : ill., map. ; 21 cm.

     CS16 .T58 2003

     ISBN: 1853068225

12.  Life writing : a guide to writing family history

https://lccn.loc.gov/2001117417

Hofmann, William J. Life writing : a guide to writing family history / William J. Hofmann. [Philadelphia] : Xlibris, c2001.

     224 p. ; 23 cm.

     CS16 .H62 2001

     ISBN: 1401014372 (hc)1401014380 (sc)

13.  One memory at a time : inspiration and advice for writing your family story

https://lccn.loc.gov/00030320

Fulford, D. G. One memory at a time : inspiration and advice for writing your family story / D.G. Fulford. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, 2000.

     156 p. ; 20 cm.

     CS16 .F85 2000

     ISBN: 0385498705

14.  Writing and marketing a family history in the new millennium

https://lccn.loc.gov/00104700

Kitchel, Dwain L. (Dwain Lorne), 1933- Writing and marketing a family history in the new millennium / by Dwain L. Kitchel. Knoxville : Tennessee Valley Pub., 2000.

     95 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

     Z286.G46 K58 2000

     ISBN: 1882194608

15.  The complete idiot's guide to writing your family history

https://lccn.loc.gov/00710195

Rutledge, Lynda, 1950- The complete idiot's guide to writing your family history / by Lynda Rutledge Stephenson. Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, c2000.

     xxx, 418 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

     CS14 .S72 2000

     ISBN: 0028636449 (pbk.)

16.  Web publishing for genealogy

https://lccn.loc.gov/00302668

Christian, Peter. Web publishing for genealogy / Peter Christian. 2nd ed. London : David Hawgood, 1999.

     60 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

     Z286.G46 C48 1999

     ISBN: 0948151188

17.  Proof before you publish! : 21 checklists for proofreading genealogy publications

https://lccn.loc.gov/98115878

Earnest, Corinne P. Proof before you publish! : 21 checklists for proofreading genealogy publications / by Corinne and Russell Earnest. 1st ed. East Berlin, PA : R.D. Earnest Associates, 1997.

     39 p. ; 28 cm.

     CS16 .E16 1997

     ISBN: 1879311100

You may also find these websites and periodical articles helpful. 

https://www.thoughtco.com/steps-to-writing-your-family-history-1422877

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/10-steps-writing-engaging-family-history/comment-page-1/

https://www.genealogy.com/articles/research/74_sharon.html

We also recommend this website to help you create citations and conclusions that are reasonable and will help other who come after to continue a tradition of good research. 

https://bcgcertification.org/ethics-standards/


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