Writing Intriguing Family Histories


Learn how to turn your family history research into an exciting narrative that keeps your readers hooked.

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What do you include when writing your family history?

Most genealogists who are thinking about publishing their family history have been researching for years. Just how do you begin collating the wealth of facts and information you've found?

How do you structure your research to get people interested?

We've seen it many times. You finish writing your family history and gift a copy to your family members. After a brief flick through, it gets put on the shelf and forgotten. How do you craft a narrative that gets people interested?

How do you avoid boring your readers with a fact-driven family history?

Most of your readers are probably not history-loving scholars. Once you have a compelling narrative, how do you write it in a way that keeps people turning the page? How can we keep our children and grandchildren interested?

Not all information is equal. Learn what stories to include and what's not important to tell a full and focused story that people actually want to read.
Select the golden facts
Learn to go beyond the dry facts and create an exciting narrative that keeps your readers wanting more. Lead them on a journey of discovery.
Create a dynamic story
Learn writing secrets that will lift your prose from mundane and tedious to intriguing and entertaining. Who knows? You might stir the hidden genealogist in your grandchildren.
Keep future generations engaged
Writing Intriguing Family Histories

Write family histories people love to read.

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Live Event Date
February 2021
AEDT 7.15 pm - ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC AEST - 6:15 pm QLD ACDT - 6:45 pm SA ACST - 5:45 pm NT AWST - 4:15 pm WA NZDT - 9:15 pm NZ GMT - 8:15 am UK CET 9.15 am - France, Netherlands PST - 12.15 am (US) MST - 1.15am (US) CST - 2.15am (US) EST - 3.15am (US)
Start Time
7:15 pm
2h 45m
Welcome & Introduction
5 min
If you've been researching for more than a few months, chances are you have hundreds of little pieces of information about various family members. When writing your family history for others, how do you string them together to form an exciting story?
Turning dry facts into exciting narrative
Carol Baxter
Break and exhibition
10 min
As every writer knows, the words you use matter. The right words can draw people in, open up their imaginations, and keep them turning the page. Learn how to write in an engaging way that really captures your reader's fascination.
Crafting vivid sentences that hook readers
Carol Baxter


Break and exhibition
10 min
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Carol Baxter
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Meet the history detective. Few people have had a career like Carol has—author of six popular history titles, telling tales on cruise ships and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New E

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