What do you do with all the information you gather on your family history? Magazines are full of articles on research advice, archive sources and new websites, but it is far more difficult finding guidelines on writing up your research. The challenge, of course, is when to stop researching and start writing - it is always a case of "I'll wait until I have found out that vital missing bit of information".
My inspiration came from a book I came across some time ago "William and Christina: One Woman's Search For Her Ancestors" by Hilary Wallace Forrester. I was immediately attracted by its format of linking local and family history and giving an emphasis to sources. The author traces the story of her great grandparents - their ancestors and descendants, the background to their lives and the places (Scottish and English Border country) and the times in which they lived. My own story of "James and Maria - A Fylde Story of their Ancestors and Descendants" owes much to her style.
Now I have become a blogging enthusiast, my "magnum opus" has come to a halt and my deadline for a Christmas finish for "Part 2 - The Danson Story" looks increasingly unlikely. Compiling short articles for the blog and using my collection of family photographs has taken over and is giving me huge pleasure. It is a great, quick and satisfying way of writing up research!
Look out for my next two articles to commemorate Remembrance Day:
The Danson Family at War
William Danson - Postcards from Flanders.