Open Thread Thursday – Family History Publishing


Believe it or not, the holiday gift-giving season is almost upon us.  Have you considered converting your blog posts or some of your genealogy research into print form as a gift for loved ones?

Don’t wait until the last minute to consider this type of project! Before you get started you need to determine the how before the what. This means deciding on format (electronic book aka “ebook” or print), the platform (which vendor to use?), the type of product (book, magazine or even calendar or gift item?), etc. Take a look at our new Resources for Family History Publishing for some ideas and advice.

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Please either post on today’s topic of Family History Publishing at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section:

  • Have you already created your own book or keepsake based on your genealogy blog posts? If so, please tell us about it and show off your creation!
  • Have you thought about printing a book but didn’t know how to start? What would the title of your book be and what about the subject matter? How would you sell the book – in person, on-line or other venues?
  • What about your genealogy society – have they considered going to “print on demand” for their publications? What about having an ezine instead of a printed quarterly or journal?
  • Are you interested in creating other gift items like calendars using photos of your ancestors?

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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