You've worked hard to uncover your family's history, and you want to preserve your research in a form that will stand the test of time—a keepsake book that can be shared today as well as archived for future generations. If you've ever thought such a project was too overwhelming or that you had to complete you research before you could create your book, this simply isn't true. Family history books come in all flavors, from collections of family recipes to compilations of oral history interviews. This course will show you how to make the process manageable and enjoyable from start to finish.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
In this class you'll learn how to begin your family history book and continue the process to finished product using these four steps:
- Planning: Choose your theme
- Imagery: Photos and Documents
- Research: Fill in the Blanks
- The Final Product: Your Family History Book
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE
- Genealogists seeking a creative way to share their family's story
- People who are curious about making a family history book but don't know how
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES
- Your memories and perhaps those of other family members
- Family images, such as photos of people, cemeteries, hometowns, homesteads, pets, vacation spots, family dinners, reunions.
- Documents such as Civil War enlistment papers, marriage licenses, birth certificates, high school report cards
- A desire to preserve at least one aspect of your family history
Optionally, you may want to use:
- Image editing software: Image editing software is helpful if you plan on editing your digital images. You may use the software of your choice.
- Digital Recorder: If you plan on including interviews in your book, you can either jot responses during the course of the interview, or use a digital recorder for later transcription. If you choose a digital recorder, Sony and Olympus both offer several models priced under $100.