ADDITIONS FOR YOUR GENEALOGICAL RECORDS
You’ve spent years researching your family lines and by now you should be posting on the websites. But what are the parts of a good hardcover book? What do you leave for your future descendants to build upon?
For over 34 years now, Larry Wise has met with thousands of genealogists. In-person, not just printing their files thru the Internet. We have lots of tips to offer, and it’s a personal service we offer to you.
Every researcher has their own preferences, but here are some features that can be included from your records. Useful data and custom family info make a keepsake for generations.
Always very interesting to other family members. We like to print the haplogroups map in color. Mr. Wise has met with the founder of Family Tree DNA in Houston and the cross-reference databases just keep growing better. Someone in your lineage probably already has this test to share. List their main descendants on this page also.
Individual heraldry is always an interesting item to include. We usually print this as a color page. Include a written description of its blazon of arms and first known origin. Grandchildren find this fascinating.
Of course, you’ll have photos of family groups, but a unique tip is a fact that everyone will buy any book that has any photo of anyone in their family included. It’s human nature. Load up the black and white photos, they don’t cost any extra. This is what makes a book distinct from digital charts.
All photos must have a caption and circa year but select photos of people doing some activity and include personal info. This is what will draw in the disinterested reader flipping thru family records.
These do cost a little more, but having some color pages really improves the reader's perception of your research.
Pictures of Family Homes
Very sentimental. A photo of Aunt Annie’s old homestead brings a gusher of childhood memories. Family business pictures and even room images are great too.
Besides documenting your research travels, headstone photos are actually pretty interesting. Use pictures that show the setting of your ancestor's ceremony.
We can help you define what general family values you discovered. Hard work, adventurism, education, fun-loving. Family traditions really do have distinct, positive characteristics.
Usually, this is a photo of your main antecedent, but let’s liven up the look with multiple images from the era. We can put several on the back also.
A catchy title sets the whole theme of your family’s history. “The Smiths, always carry on, from Baltimore to Ohio”, “Proud to be a Watson”.
You should list all major subfamily lines included in your research here.
Bibles, letters, quilts, recipes, equipment, postcards, travel info, work papers...anything that provides a touchstone to the past is fascinating for your readers.
Inserting personal data into your individual records is great. “Uncle Joe was a devout Lutheran and grew the biggest tomatoes”. Proud newspaper clippings are a wonderful addition
You’ll often collect old-time family memoirs and stories that someone transcribed. Use excerpts, tales, life advice, and jokes. All good material
Useful data on old homesites and cemeteries is important. Roads and communities change so much. Immigration routes across the U.S. are popular.
Marriage licenses and birth records on key family members that you have tracked down are crucial primary source evidence.
Every book must have an index. Your software program will have this and we’ll just have to coordinate the page numbers and additions.
List of Sources
Accurately cite everything. All future researchers will require proper attribution and credit. List key courthouses, library societies, and online databases used.
How Data is Organized
A page on which system was used is crucial. A listing of family lineage is also important.
Available from Author
We will list your contact info for reorders and a second (younger) contact is good too. We receive calls almost daily looking for out of print titles and we pass on the author's info.
You should include a notice requesting updated info. The rule of thumb is that as soon as you publish, you need to plan the reorder. Those stubborn contributors sure do provide data when they’ve been left out!