How to write INTERESTING Family Histories

Keen to write an engaging family history? Stuck with little more than names and dates? Uncertain how to begin? This book provides advice ranging from how you can structure a simple family history and begin writing, through to how you can use simple words and sentences to evoke drama and tension. It will help you turn your dusty piles of notes and photocopies into a riveting family history. More

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About Carol Baxter

Carol Baxter is a Fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists, an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England, the editor of seven volumes of early NSW records, previously the General Editor of the Biographical Database of Australia, self-publisher of her own family histories, and the author of three critically-acclaimed works of 'popular history' (sometimes described as 'non-fiction thrillers') published by Allen & Unwin. Two more 'popular histories' are in the pipeline, to be published in 2013 and 2014.


Review by: John Porter on Nov. 16, 2012 : (no rating)
Thank you Ms Baxter for such an informative book. Having written novels and short stories for several years, giving an account of my Great Aunt's life (born 1888 and lived to be 104 years old!) proved to be much more tricky than expected. Already I have found your book's advice invaluable in researching her personal history, and perhaps even more importantly showing me how to create order out of chaos, then (as the title suggests) make it INTERESTING! It's no longer a series of disjoined facts, but is starting to develope a real narrative, and I feel far more confidant that the final result will be of interest as an absorbing story and historical account instead of just a series of facts which only family members would be interested in. You have broadened my horizons, and I feel sure my readership too! I will be sure to send you a copy upon its completion. Thank you again. Best wishes, John Porter.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

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