Introducing: A guide that solves the most basic family history project question – what format to use?

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!

Earlier this week, I launched the first in what will be a series of helpful guides for creating a personal or family history project, a short PDF report entitled “How to Tell Your Tale.”

Subtitled “10 Questions Answered to Help You Pick the Perfect Format For Your Family History Project,” this report helps readers settle upon a format – book, video, audio, web or a hybrid of all of these – that will allow them to finish their project and please the family and friends who make up their audience.

Anyone interested in chronicling the history of a friend, relative, ancestor, family or social/community/business organization can benefit from reading “How To Tell Your Tale.” The questions and answers in the report cover a wide range of personal, family and organizational history situations, including:

  • The most common formats and their benefits and drawbacks.
  • Alternate formats, such as audio CDs, heritage cookbooks, or hybrid book-multimedia projects, that can engage audiences of all ages and tastes.
  • How to collaborate with others when producing a family history project in a variety of formats.
  • The best formats for bringing genealogical and comprehensive family history research to life.
  • The basic tools needed to get started in any format.
  • When to ask a personal historian or another professional for help.

The report also includes a useful resource guide and a tip sheet that summarizes key advice. It is available for $12.95 at:

For more information on “How To Tell Your Tale,” visit

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback, encouragement or ideas related to this report! I couldn’t have created this without you!

Photo credit: Jeff.Dlouhy via / CC BY

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