Scrivener for the Family Historian

ScrivenerFamilyHistorianWriting your family history can be complicated. Now there’s help!

Scrivener is the No.1 writing software on the market. Scrivener for the Family Historian will guide genealogists to becoming well-organized and productive family history writers. Written by genealogy professional, author and long-time Scrivener user, Lynn Palermo, you’ll learn to outline, organize, write, revise and publish your family history using Scrivener.

Whether you’re writing a family history story, a memoir, life story or an epic novel, this guide is designed to help you start working with Scrivener immediately. No long manual to read, this Scrivener guide is ideal for the beginner writer regardless of the genre. Learn to write with Scrivener in simple, uncomplicated terms.
This book also includes links to Scrivener Family History templates and video tutorials.

Author – Lynn Palermo (the Armchair Genealogist)
Kindle – $2.99
Paperback – $14.99

Civil War Regimental Histories

There are an amazing number of regimental histories and other publications about the Civil War. Both sides wanted to document their stories so we have access to an amazing historical collection – many of them in the public domain. Since most of these publications were written soon after the war by the people who served, we have an opportunity to see this moment in history up close and personal. And, many of these publication are now in the public domain so we can download a copy at no cost.

Here are a number of sources for finding these historical publications.

  • Internet Archive. This is an amazing archive covering a broad range of documents, audio, video and images – most of them public domain. Their search feature is quite impressive. (See The Internet Archive for more information.)
  • WorldCat. Looking for a card catalog for libraries around the world? WorldCat will show you which libraries have the book you want.
  • Genealogy Gophers. This amazing search engine lets you search for a person, place or event and the results not only find the publication, but also points you to the page and paragraph where it is discussed.
  • Project Gutenberg currently has a library of 56,000+ public domain books available for download as ebooks. You will find a number of civil war publications here.
  • The Digital Public Library of America is a directory pointing to collections found in America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other institutions. Your searches will lead you to those institutions so you can download a digital copy at no charge.

 

Day One Book Printing

Now you can publish all or part of your Day One journals! It’s easy & affordable.

A recent Day One update includes the ability to turn your journal into a book. This is only available on Day One 2.0 – desktop and mobile versions. To find it, go to Settings and choose the Book Printing option. This slideshow walks you through the steps to create your book. This slideshow requires JavaScript. When you are ready, the last step is to upload your book file and choose how you wish…

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Day One Book Printing

A recent Day One update includes the ability to turn your journal into a book. This is only available on Day One 2.0 – desktop and mobile versions.

To find it, go to Settings and choose the Book Printing option. This slideshow walks you through the steps to create your book.

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When you are ready, the last step is to upload your book file and choose how you wish to pay for it. Your book file is encrypted then uploaded. The printing process is automated so your content stays private throughout. Apple Pay is one of your payment options. This was my first online Apple Pay experience and it was very simple. I hope to see more online retailers using Apple Pay soon.

It will take 7 to 12 business days to create and ship my book. Book prices begin at $14.99 for a 50 page book. Add 10¢ per page after that. A hardback cover adds $5.00 and shipping adds another $5.00. I created my first book from my Sketchbook journal. It came in at 54 pages and with hard cover cost me $20.39. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

My test book was created from my Sketchbook journal which has very little text included. I created this book using my iPhone and my only complaint is that it is sometimes difficult to read the instructions. It’s not their fault that these old eyes aren’t as sharp as they used to be, but next time I will do my customizing on a larger screen.

As of now, there’s no way to pull out entries tagged with a specific tag, but hopefully that will happen soon. Once we can pull entries by tags, this feature will make it easy to create customized baby books and books to document special vacations, wedding albums and other unique family events.

Can’t wait to see my first book!

Meet the Genealogy Gophers

Did you know that there are thousands of digitized family histories, regional and local histories, genealogy magazines along with how-to books, gazetteers, newsletters, and medieval histories freely available online? Organizations like Project Gutenberg, FamilySearch, Internet Archive, Google Books and educational institutions have been hard at work for years. That’s both good news and bad news. While there are a lot of freely-accessible publications available, finding them can be a challenge. That’s where Genealogy Gophers comes in. The Gophers have built an amazing search engine that will not only find the publication, but find – and display – the information that matches your search. In the example below, I’m looking for information about my ancestor, John Lewis Gervais, in South Carolina.

Sample Search Results

 

Within seconds I had two pages of results with excerpts showing the information matching my search. Clicking the title will display a screen that includes source information for that publication along with a reader opened to the page where the information on my ancestor appears.

the reader screen

In this example, there is only one page referencing my ancestor. The orange pointer you see at the bottom of the reading window is a bookmark to that page. In publications where there are multiple results, you will see additional pointers. Click on a pointer to move to that page. There are also controls to navigate forward and backward in this book, enlarge or reduce the view and more. Notice the link at the top of the reader to download a PDF copy of the publication.

Genealogy Gophers is free if you don’t mind responding to a number of surveys. If you don’t like surveys, a $19.95/year subscription will remove them.