Structuring a Family History – class 1 of 4

Carol Baxter
Oct 27, 2022
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Speaker's Introduction
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Multi-generational Family Histories
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Pyramid-shaped Family History
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Broom-shaped Family History
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Hour-glass Family History
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The Introduction
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Biographical Structure
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

To write a family history, we must convert our ancestral information into paragraphs of prose. But how do we group the resulting paragraphs to produce a coherent structure? We start by asking ourselves what we wish to achieve. Are we writing a history that focuses on a surname line? Or one that covers all of our ancestors, or all of our descendants, or all of the ancestors and descendants of a particular person? And how do we craft an individual biography? Do we produce a family history that is a group of stand-alone biographies or one that has a narrative-style flow? These and other subjects are discussed in this simple guide to structuring a family history.

Classes 2-4 will be part of our October 2022 conference on Saturday, October 29. Visit for the details.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Carol Baxter is an experienced and informed historian and genealogist, an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author, and a dynamic, inspirational presenter. Carol has been a genealogist for four decades having first become interested
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  1. MM
    Marg McIntyre
    2 years ago

    Was unable to watch this live, but Carol is fabulous! Very funny and has great advice about writing family histories. I’ll be watching all of her other webinars.

  2. JV
    John Vitale
    2 years ago

    Scrivner does make writing easier

  3. HS
    Helen Schenkelaars
    2 years ago

    Carol’s writing webinars are a must if you want people to actually read your family history. This was a great presentation on something that is quite a dry topic and not the easiest thing to teach. Looking forward to the rest!

  4. BB
    Brian Boneham
    2 years ago

    Brilliant webinar with lots of great information and ideas to enable us to write a readable family history.

  5. DN
    Denise Newton
    2 years ago

    very useful info, I like Carol’s presentations

  6. DM
    Douglas Murphy
    2 years ago

    Now I see! The hard part is putting this into practice in my own work.

  7. KA
    Kaye Arnold
    2 years ago

    Communicating how to write any kind of product is a challenge. Carol Baxter met that challenge with superior expertise, an organized presentation, and great examples. I would recommend her work to any genealogists who want to write a history others will want to read.

  8. CM
    Carole McCulloch
    2 years ago

    Carol’s explanations of the types of family history enable me to categorise my own published book as a pyramid shaped multi-generational memoir-style bio. Now I am equipped with excellent strategies for structuring my next family history book.


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