How To Design and Construct A Family History Book Entirely By Yourself
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut will host Elayne and Steve Denker at Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington, CT 06111. Please join us at our free program, which is open to anyone interested in Jewish genealogy research.
There is probably no gift that can have greater impact on future generations than the book of your family history and stories. We all have spent considerable amounts of time gathering genealogical and historical materials and information. How do we take this mass of stuff and share it with our family?
Authors Elayne and Steve Denker, who have self-published 7 hard-cover books, are both experienced genealogy researchers.
In 2007 they spent two weeks in Havana Cuba doing research and visiting where his family had lived in the 1920s. They updated 1400 cemetery matsevot records now on JOWBR. This year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, Steve published an article on lehrhaus.com, Four Days of Kristallnacht in Hessen, that he extracted from the 600 page family history he is helping his son-in-law’s father write.
In today’s presentation, Elayne and Steve will discuss how to share your information with family members, when and how to start, how to narrate with stories and charm, and how to share through writing and editing.
This presentation on how to design and construct a family history/genealogy book uses examples to demonstrate techniques, and illustrate aesthetic considerations such as page layout, organization of subject matter, and how to combine written information with images on pages to better engage the interest and attention of your readers.
With today’s personal software and on-line digital printing vendors, taking a DO-IT-YOURSELF approach to the entire process, including the challenge of trying to produce beautifully edited attractive pages, is an alternative worth considering.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut houses its library at Temple Sinai. JGSCT members may borrow items other than reference books and materials.