The books divides the process as follows:
- getting ready to publish
- writing articles and other types of family histories
The writing chapter covers the two principal styles of writing genealogies: Register style (named after NEHGS's flagship journal), and Ahnentafel or ancestor table style. The basic difference between these is the starting point, with the former beginning with the past (e.g. the immigrant) and the latter beginning with the present and working backward in time.
Making a manuscript ready for publication includes considerations of design and layout, illustrations and indexing.
Important resources are found in the Appendices. One covers the features of Microsoft Word that make it especially useful for genealogical writing: styles, automatic numbering, and index tagging. A sample questionnaire for relatives is included, and a list of resources for writing and publishing. At the back is a 25-page Genealogical Manual of Style, with gray borders making it easy to find. The Manual covers how to list names, dates, numbers, abbreviations, and more. A thorough index completes the volume.
We hope to see you at the Library to use this volume, or anything else in our collection.