I have been pondering lately just what I should do with all the information I have.
Ideally it would be great to have it all published in book form but I just cannot visualize how it would all work out. I have around 27,500 people on my tree at the moment, on my computer in the Family Tree Maker programme.
It’s easy to move around the software and go from family to family, backwards or forwards, but how on earth would all that transpose into the printed word?
It would amount to several copies of War and Peace proportions I am sure. Has anyone done this, taken the information and details from their computer family history programme and had it turned into a book?
If there is anyone out there who has done this I would certainly appreciate hearing about how this was achieved.
The reason I am thinking of this in book form is so that other family members could have access to everything. It’s easy for me to go into the Family Tree Maker programme and find anyone I want, but when you try to describe someone on the tree to one of your family members they seem to get that glazed look in their eye after a while and you can just tell they aren’t following you very well.
I think if they could see it actually written down and perhaps accompanied by pictures wherever possible, of the individual, it might start to mean something to other family members.
Now they just treat it as Mothers [or Grandmothers] pastime and seem to feel that it is nothing to do with them. How wrong they can be.
I feel quite concerned that 35 to 40 years of family history research is all going to be wasted when I am not around any more. Not being morbid but I know I won’t last forever and I do feel that it would be a crying shame for all this amazing information to go to waste and never see the light of day again, just because I am not around any more.
So – if anyone out there has any help they can give with regard to publishing their Family History I would be very happy to hear from them.