Publishing a Family Tree

March 5th, 1995


Anyone wishing to create a family history book based on their collected genealogical material can find guidance in “How to Write and Publish Your Family Book”, the 1995 revision of a work first published in 1988. The authors, publishers of many family books submitted to their firm, have compiled a useful text based on years of experience. All areas are covered from getting started, preparing the manuscript, creating a numbering system that works, and using a genealogy program. The authors include instructions on including illustrations, creating camera-ready copy, choosing book sizes, copyright, types of paper, dust jackets, and setting the price. The appendix includes: a glossary of publishing terms, an example of using the genealogy program “Family Tree Maker”, different typefaces, and page size examples of how the book would look. Indexing and the book publishing contract are also discussed. This book is a must for anyone contemplating such a project. It is modestly priced at $9.95 postpaid from Genealogy Publishing Service, 448 Ruby Mine Rd., Franklin, N.C.28734.


“Basics for Beginners” Delia Gilliland and Joye Quinn, 7-9 P.M. March 16, 23, 30 (Thursdays). $15 members, $20 non-members. Gwinnett Historical Society, Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, Lawrenceville, Ga. Reservations: 822-5174.

 “Migration Routes; Pennsylvania Research; and Confederate Research” are the topics of Dr. George Schweitzer. 8:30-3:30. Saturday, March 18. $25 members, $35 others. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Archives, Southeast Region. Registration deadline is March 10 to Friends of the National Archives, 1557 St. Joseph Ave., East Point, Ga. 30344 or call 763-7477. Dr. Schweitzer is a nationally-known speaker who always entertains his audiences with his subject matter. No one ever leaves his lecture without learning a lot. He should not be missed.

 “Revolutionary War, Colonial Land Records and Migrations, Finding an Immigrant Ancestor, and Virginia and Carolinas Research” are the topics of Lloyd Bockstruck of Dallas, Texas. 9 A.M. start for an all-day workshop, Saturday, March 25. $20 members, $25 non-members. John Knox Presbyterian Church, 505 Powers Ferry Rd., Marietta. Sponsored by the Cobb County Genealogical Society, send registration to them at P.O.Box 1413, Marietta, Ga. 30061-1413. Lunch on your own.


The Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn series continues with March 28: “Cemetery Research” by Ted O. Brooke, author of a cemetery bibliography and coordinator of the Georgia Genealogical Society’s Cemetery Handbook. April 5: “The Holocaust” by Sylvia Wygoda and Dr. R. Voyles. Georgia State Archives, 330 Capitol Ave., 12:15-1:15, free. Call 656-2370 for further information.


The Piedmont Historical Society has resumed publication of its “Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History” suspended in 1991. Membership is $20 annually, c/o the society, P.O.Box 8096, Spartanburg, S.C. 29305 or call (803) 585-8125.