Preserve: Something to Write Home About
5/1/2006
Every family has a story — even yours. Here's how to turn your just-the-facts research into an ancestral tale your relatives can't put down.

Most family historians agree research is the fun part. For some, just entering data into a computer program is a sufficient and effective way to leave their genealogy for their descendants. But to sit down and actually write a family history is — OK, I admit it — scary. Besides, you're sure all those names, dates and places alone will enthrall your family, right?

Sorry, I doubt it. If you don't believe me, show your charts to a non-genealogist. Then time how long it takes before she smiles politely and hands them back to you. Now put a narrative account of a family history in her hands, and I'm certain you'll get a different reaction.