Family history and social history have close links
Anyone who has read my blogs or who has met me at workshops or Family History Fairs/Exhibitions will know that I am always keen to talk about the close link between family
Scrapbook journaling is an important part of a scrapbook page
Good scrapbooks tell a story through pictures, photos, memorabilia or anything else that has a special meaning or significance for the scrapbooker. Some scrapbookers
Alternative ways to present your family history - forget the chronological approach
If you are struggling to get started writing your complete family history using the traditional chronological approach then maybe it’s
Create an oral history to capture the stories people have to tell
Before written communication evolved the only way history could be passed down was through the spoken word. But even when written communication became
Starting to write - just do it
Don’t let a fear of getting something wrong put you off writing. Your grammar may not be perfect, you may make some spelling mistakes or you may put a comma in the wrong place but none of
Start writing your memoir
If you have already come up with some possible topics and/or themes for your memoir (if not, check out Writing your memoir - finding your topic and theme), here are a few tips on how to start
Life story gumption trap
If you have you been thinking about writing your life story but have been put off because the whole process seems just too daunting then read on. Like many other people you probably think that
Get organised with some great online tools for writers
If you struggle to remember all of the great ideas you have or if you need a better way of channelling and developing you ideas, there are some online resources out
Company, family business and club histories
Do you run a company that has a significant anniversary coming up? Do you own a family business that has a story to tell? Have you been asked to write the history of your organisation,
Write your life story on a postcard - why not give it a go
Life stories can be told in many different ways but typically they are written chronologically, starting with when and where you were born, where you went to

  • Have you always wanted to write about your life and experiences but lack the confidence to get started?
  • Have you been researching your family or local history and want to start telling the stories you have uncovered?
  • How about a memoir which focuses on food?
  • Are you a keen traveller with stories to tell?
  • Do you run a family or local business with an interesting history which would make a great story?
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If you have answered yes to any of the these questions and you are a new or inexperienced writer, take a look around our site for everything you need to get started.

We have a great selection of information products and courses plus regular blog posts to help you start writing in a variety of nonfiction genres from life stories, family histories, memoirs and autobiographies to local history, travel stories, foodoirs, photo-journaling, nostalgic memories etc..

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