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For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History Paperback – August 5, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0867093810 ISBN-10: 0867093811

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (August 5, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867093811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867093810
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

The author, a former teacher and magazine editor and publisher who specializes in teaching family history, has combined his talents to produce this work. In four chapters, he discusses family history and its importance, includes techniques for writing family history, provides forms, and explains the methods of printing and publishing the histories. Part 3, "Forms of Family History," for example, not only addresses writing biography, autobiography, and family newsletters but provides an especially useful illustration of how to incorporate letters and cookbooks into family history. The print and publishing chapter looks to be just as useful for general works as for family history publications. Ultimately, Kirk Polking's Writing Family Histories and Memoirs (Betterway, 1995) is probably more useful to genealogists, as Kempthorne's work emphasizes writing in general. But it adds an exciting new dimension to writing modern family history that seeks to place our ancestors in a larger framework of family, neighborhood, and history. It suffers from the lack of an index but otherwise is recommended as source both for writing modern family history and for writing in general.?Judith P. Reid, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"You need to bring your family history to life by recreating it," admonishes the author of this unique handbook on writing--with emphasis on the word writing one's family history, as opposed to simply compiling the usual chartlike family tree. His book stresses the presentation of family history in narrative form; and to that end, he addresses such topics as the various ways in which family history might be recorded, including keeping a journal, conducting interviews, writing captions for photo albums, compiling biographies of current family members, and composing one's own autobiography. Finally, he discusses publication of family history, either by self-publishing or by commercial publisher. Equal parts how-to and inspiration, this is a perfect public library purchase. Brad Hooper

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I was delighted to discover Charley Kempthorne's book, For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History.
Virginia Allain
By the time I was finished with the book, I had sub titles for so many stories.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Fred Franke on March 17, 1998
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Starting with easy suggestions from each chapter I was nudged into making lists, writing a short piece about a memory, writing in a more natural voice. I was freed from seeing family history as a huge chronological undertaking.
It's rare that I check out a book from the library, then have to buy it for myself, but that's what I'm doing here at Amazon today. This book wasn't available from any of my local bookstores.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2001
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FOR ALL TIME: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History By Charley Kempthorne
To be honest, every night I fall asleep reading the books and magazines sent to me for review in my Tuesday column. Its not that they are boring, it is just sometimes late when I finally get to that part of my day! But when I got through the stack to this packet of materials, I became so excited over the content, that I actually got up and e-mailed the author within the hour! I just had to let him know how much I like his work. Who is this person, and what did he write that kept me awake nights?!! Met Charley Kempthorne, editor of LifeStory Magazine, author of For All Time.
This man is a pusher, a puller and an enticer of writers-who-don't-know-they-are-yet. Charley's gift is that he can talk just about anybody into opening up and writing down even a few episodes of a personal history. I'm quite sure that at his LifeStory writing workshops, he will sing and dance, stand on his head, smile that certain smile, pat a shoulder, and draw faces on the blackboard -- ANYTHING to unlock the spirit that is in you! His main tools are humor and encouragement which he uses to tickle your fancy and those memories right onto the page.
Unlike our overbearing high school grammar teachers, and "hypercritical and hyperlearned" college professors, Charley is accepting and encouraging any form of writing you set your mind to do. He's even given in and decided to like poetry! (Read his magazine, you'll get the gist of THAT story!) Charley says: "In our culture much is made of the virtue of excellence. If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well. This might go right under the eagle along with our national motto of E. pluribus unum. Well, fine.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1998
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What an encouraging, useful read! This short book is chock-full of little gems on writing your family story -- in whatever form! The author has a delightful knack for giving you permission to be authentic in your writing, while at the same time giving you permission to write "just a little." This book has been such a help to me. I refer to it over and over again.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hawley Roddick on January 25, 2008
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If you need encouragement in writing your family history, Charley Kempthorne can help you. He doesn't ask you merely for a dry recitation of facts and who begat whom. Instead, he advocates setting family history in the larger context of the society in which the family took root. He maps a variety of routes to and through the past, so there is something for everyone. And he shows readers how to humanize the past and pass it on to future generations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martha N. Potts on August 16, 2010
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This book was the best guide book I have ever purchased. By the time I was finished with the book, I had sub titles for so many stories. It triggers memories and as you complete a chapter, he gives you directions to write things, not always the story itself, but ideas. I loved it! I orginally got it to guide me into writing the history of my grand parents & great grand parents, but ended up with so much more. Now I have stories to leave my grand children about when I was growing up. I cannot say enough good things about this book. Get a pen, notebook and this book and leave something precious for you children & grand children for years to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on August 21, 2009
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I've been leading a group this summer in writing their family memories. I was delighted to discover Charley Kempthorne's book, For All Time: A Complete Guide to Writing Your Family History. It was a busy time when I started reading it and I felt I didn't have time for a straight read-through. So I sampled a page here and there, but it drew me in and in just several days I'd devoured the whole book and even reread parts of it.
The book is packed with examples of family history essays and interspersed are SUGGESTIONS which really are exercises or assignments to get you going. He talks about journal keeping and oral history as aids to writing a family history. I particularly like his recommendation to look at your life as a series of scenes.
I'm inspired to keep working on family memories and trying to be more specific and work on engaging the reader's senses. I'll be recommending this to my fellow writers in our family memory writing group.
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