Producing a Quality Family History

Front Cover -Producing a Quality Family History

Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, Producing a Quality Family History, © 1996, Ancestry Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah, soft binding, 278 Pages, 0-916489-64-7, 808'.066929-dc20.

From the Publisher

Producing A Quality Family History, by Patricia Law Hatcher, guides you through the steps required to create an attractive - and functional - family history report. Learn how to organize your work, how to write the narrative, choose type faces, grammar styles and punctuation. You'll also see how to create useful bibliographies and discover ways to incorporate photos and illustrations effectively plus much, much more.

From the Back Cover

Back Cover - Producing a Quality Family History

The goal of every family historian is to discover the history of his or her family. An equally important goal should be to preserve that history in a permanent, accurate record—a history. Patricia Law Hatcher’s Producing a Quality Family History is a guide to creating and publishing your own family history—one that will be appreciated and enjoyed by your own family and by other researchers.

A wide range of considerations is involved in producing a family history. From the obvious—such as organizing the work, writing the nar-rative, and incorporating photographs and other illustrations—to the less obvious—such as documenting your research thoroughly and accurately, establishing a visually appealing design, and placing your ancestors in context—this guide covers them all.

Producing a Quality Family History will guide you through the process, from the raw data of your research to the printing of your finished book.


  1. Publishing Family History in the 1990s
  2. What to Write; When to Write It
  3. You Must Have Style
  4. Writing
  5. Understanding Type and Fonts
  6. Book Design
  7. Page Layout and Formatting
  8. Organizing and Presenting Family Information
  9. How Do You Know?
  10. Turning Paper Into People
  11. Illustrations, Charts, and photographs
  12. Opening the Door to Your Books
  13. Developing an Editorial Eye
  14. Preparing Camera-Ready Art
  15. Turning Camer-Ready Art into Books
  16. Options from Technology
  17. Self-Publishing
  18. Resources
  19. Index

About the Author

Patricia Law Hatcher, cg, is a technical writer, instructor, and professional genealogist. She has written, edited, and produced numerous technical publications and self-published the four-volume Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. With John V. Wylie, she co-authored Indexing Family Histories: Simple Steps for a Quality Product. Pat has written articles for The American Genealogist, The Maine Genealogist, The New Hampshire Genealogical Record, The Virginia Genealogist, and many other publications.

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control Number: 96008240
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Personal Name: Hatcher, Patricia Law.
  • Main Title: Producing a quality family history / Patricia Law Hatcher.
  • Published/Created: Salt Lake City : Ancestry, c1996.
  • Description: 278 p. : ill.; 23 cm.
  • ISBN: 0916489647
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [249]-262) and index.
  • Subjects: Genealogy--Authorship. United States--Genealogy--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • LC Classification: CS16 .H36 1996
  • Dewey Class No.: 808/.066929 20
  • Geog. Area Code: n-us---
  • CALL NUMBER: CS16 .H36 1996
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