A family history is really never complete. There are always other branches to explore and more tidbits discovered about our ancestors. However, I'd like to put some of my known family history on paper for our family reunion. I'd like to share the documents we've uncovered and the family tree we've built. So, I have the task of gathering documents, writing an interesting narrative, and publishing.
This blog is all about gathering documents, but how do you write the narrative and get the book published? This is backwards, but let's talk about self-publishing first. I found some neat websites that will let you publish your family history:
1. Lulu - by far the easiest site. I'd heard about it from other genealogists on the forums and they're right: it's fast and easy. You can submit your history in just about any format, including MS Word and Adobe PDF. Once you submit it, you can review and publish for really low costs. They have lots of binding options too.
2. Selfpublishing.com - great educational resource for self publishing, but not as easy to use as Lulu.
You could also write an e-book and sell it through your family website (or give it away for free). There are some free templates here: http://www.ebooktemplatesource.com/.