Most published genealogies aren't meant to be read. The ones with just names, dates, and places, some of them no more creatively done than printing out computer databases.Keep in mind that no one's family history is compelling and interesting, until you make it compelling and interesting.Photos, pedigree charts, maps, and other illustrations can also add interest to family history and help break up the writing into manageable chunks for the reader.
The goal here is to get each piece done within a specified time frame. The best way to meet these deadlines is to schedule writing time, just as you would a visit to the doctor or the hairdresser.
Thinking of your ancestors as characters in your family story, ask yourself: what problems and obstacles did they face?
What should they hand in instead, these children without families, or children with broken families, divorced families, or ones who, like me, don’t know half of their ancestors.
Should they sit there quietly and get a 0 – and is that fair?
Or you could write a The Importance Of Family Essay.
You could even write a family relationship essay or a My Family Tree Essay, which explores something fascinating about your ancestors.
Research timelines of wars, natural disasters, and epidemics to see if any might have influenced your ancestors.
Read up on the fashions, art, transportation, and common foods of the time.
By borrowing techniques from fiction writers, you can turn your dry facts into a compelling family history narrative.
Remember, all good stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and it's these three parts that are the secret to writing a readable family history. Why do we think we have to begin our family history with the day someone was born?