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Genealogy and Memoir Writing

Writing from Life: Telling Your Soul's Story
Albert, Susan Wittig, Ph.D.
A guided writing program for women, leading the writer inward with exercises, meditations and examples from women's writings.

Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree.
Burroughs, Tony.
Based on solid genealogical principles and designed for those who have little or no experience researching their family's past, this book explains everything you need to get started: where to search close to home, where to write for records, how to make the best use of libraries and the Internet, and how to organize research and write the family history.

Ancestry's Guide to Research: Case Studies in American Genealogy
Cerni, Johni and Arlene Eakle 
An excellent generation-by-generation study of the techniques of conducting a search.

Unpuzzling Your Past
Croom, Emily Anne
A good basic guidebook giving an overview of where to go and what to do. It does not go into specific state-by-state information, but does include several blank forms at the back.

How to Write Your Own Life Story: The Classic Guide for the Nonprofessional Writer
Daniel, Lois
Full of small, manageable assignments, this guide offers tricks to jog the memory, inspired excerpts from other writers, and intriguing topics to write about.

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy
Greenwood, Val D. 
Covers the fundamentals of genealogical research and discusses in detail the use of public records, church and military records.

A Student's Guide to African American Genealogy
Johnson, Anne E., and Adam Merton Cooper
This book concentrates on how to trace roots back to ancestors' arrival in America, and includes sections on gathering information and writing family history.

Turning Memories into Memoirs: A Handbook for Writing Lifestories
Ledoux, Denis
The basis for lifewriting workshops across the country, this book guides the reader in the process of writing personal and family histories, using "lifelists" and "memory jogs" as prompts.

Living to Tell the Tale: A Guide to Writing Memoir
McDonnell, Jane Taylor
Provides specific techniques and advice to help the writer discover his or her inner voice, to recognize-and silence-the inner censor, and to develop a narrative with the aid of photos and documents.

Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian
Mills, Elizabeth Shown
Provides a reliable standard for both the correct form of source citation and the sound analysis of evidence. 

Writing Life Stories: How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature
Roorbach, Bill
This guide encourages a writer to see life more clearly, to discover compelling material and shape it to build stories from real life.

A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors; How to find and record your unique heritage
Smith, Franklin Carter, and Emily Anne Croom
Expert genealogists team up to provide successful strategies for tracing African-American ancestors, including gathering oral and social history within the family, researching census records, working with specific resources, and using historical context to aid the search.

The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy
Szucs, Loretto Dennis, ed. 
An excellent advanced text. A good source of bibliographies and addresses of American repositories.

The Story of Your Life: Writing a Spiritual Autobiography
Wakefield, Dan
A step-by-step approach to exploring your past and understanding your present, in order to help define your spiritual journey.

Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity
Woodtor, Dee Parmer, Ph.D.
A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to finding the roots of your family tree and placing it in the context of the garden of African-American people.


There are many other useful genealogy books available. To find them, do a subject search in the library's on-line catalog using "Genealogy" as a search term. 

The library's Local Information Database contains about two million citations to obituaries and other articles about area people and organizations.

 

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