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About the Author

Hatcher is a professional genealogist specializing in problem solving. She is a Certified Genealogist, certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogist.

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Produce professional-quality, eye-catching family history books! Learn the form and style for a lasting, functional family record.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry.com; Later Printing edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916489647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916489649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deservedly joining the pantheon of genealogical how-to works--such as Barnes and Lackey's "Write it Right"--is Hatcher's "Producing a Quality Family History." She wasn't stingy with her information, and you won't be wanting additional info. on her topics. This book is jam-packed with info. on every aspect of genealogical publishing. Very comprehensive. Almost like a "Chicago Manual of Style" for genealogy. If only all genealogists who were intent on publishing would buy this book first....
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When I embarked on the task of writing my family history, I purchased this book. It was such a help, from learning the industry standards to practical ideas on how to make a family history interesting. I especially appreciated the useful advice on how to use word processing software, and how to include scanned photographs.
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This book contains a wealth of information on writing and publishing a family history. I'm glad that I read it before I started, as it enabled me to structure and format properly. I would have hated to go back and do it properly. This manual covers many aspects of family history writing, including publishing options that you may want to explore before commencing the actual writing and formatting, so you are better prepared in the end. It answered many questions I had, and some I was bound to come across later. I recommend this manual to anyone who is considering writing a family history, even if you plan to publish at some distant date. The info is exceptionally helpful, and if a question is not answered the book, it gives specific reference to where you can obtain yet more detailed info. It did not answer every question I had, but it did answer most, and pointed me to the answers in other cases. This should be mandatory reading for anyone considering writing a quality family history. It is prominently placed in my work area for reference.
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All genealogists do research on their families, but not all publish the results of their work. Those who do publish would do well to read this book first. Hatcher is a CG and a technical writer and editor by profession, who also has self-published a number of volumes and co-authored _Indexing Family Histories._ Here, she explains the basics of book design for the novice, lays out a number of options in organizing family information for the printed page, and leads the reader through the questions of style, structure, and documentation. She also offers advice in the creation of camera-ready art and photographs and in dealing with subsidy publishers. And in no case does she claim to know the *only* way to accomplish the readers goals.
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This book has great, detailed information about writing and publishing your family history. I recommend it to anyone who is considering tackling such an effort.

My only disappointment is that the computer publishing information is so dated. Obviously it's hard to write about computers without the information quickly becoming out-of-date, but there have been such huge advances in desktop publishing since this book's release (in 1997) that a second edition is really overdue.
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This book will be 20 years old in 2016, but even so probably 90% of the book is not only relevant, but very valuable. The author covers every aspect of creating a family history that occurs to me, and she does so thoroughly but without being pedantic or over simplifying. Everything is focused, concise and worth reading. The only downside is that most family historians these days do not produce camera-ready copy for publishers or printers, as is explained in this book, yet is still valuable information since most of the processes still need to be accomplished, only by different means now. Obviously,there is no mention of Blurb or other internet-based self-publishing. The good news is that if you're decently skilled with Word, then in my experience Blurb shouldn't be much of a challenge.

So, despite its age there is still a huge amount of valuable information in this book, so I recommend it highly. Given its relatively low cost, I recommend buying it plus a second book that focuses more on web-based self-publishing.
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This book is almost a must have book for anyone wanting to produce a family history in book form. Well researched from someone who is in the know about how to produce historical documents in a meaningful way. Excellent choice.

This book will become an important addition to any good research library.
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Too much has happened with computers since this was published. Hopefully it will be updated, or some one else will write something similar. Topics that could be addressed include using Microsoft Word to produce documents - how to make a report look good, how to footnote / endnote in Word, and tips and tricks. Also address the main Genealogy software in use such as Family Tree Maker.
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