Publishing my family history -- some questions
Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:30 PM
1) I want to publish a history, beginning with my father, and going back as many generations as I have information. If I choose to include a narrative report for him and his ancestors and children, will it include, for each successive generation back, information on both mothers and fathers, or just my father's father, his father, etc? Ideally, I would like a separate, less detailed chapter for each of the auxiliary lines -- a chapter for his mother's line (Smith, e.g.), a chapter for his paternal grandmother's line (Day), etc. In some cases, the wives' families were more interesting than my direct male line. Would I need to choose his mother, for instance, as the starting person for a separate narrative report and choose how many generations to go back on her line?
Obviously, the farther I go back, the less information I have, but it all is pertinent in a history of my father's family.
2) I understand that I can include photos, other than the primary photo, with the published history by adding a scrapbook page. Do I have a choice as to how photos are laid out on a scrapbook page?
3) I have tried to flesh out my database by adding extensive notes. I had envisioned supplementing the narrative report with text pages, giving an overview of the time in which each generation lived, what current events were, plus additional information about each generation. Now that I have extensive notes, though, I fear they will duplicate each other. What's best -- to just add the historical data to the person notes, or to go back and eliminate duplications between the text pages and notes?
Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has had experience publishing a family history.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:53 PM
The Scrapbook report is very limited in layout - you can control the number of photos per page and whether captions and descriptions are included, landscape or portrait and a few other things. You cannot have within one Scrapbook (for a person, or a family, for example), different settings for each page, let alone each photo. All will be sized equally and captions and descriptions must be kept very short else they are incompletely revealed.
As to the tradeoff between separate text and embedded notes, really only you can decide. The virtue of embedded notes is that whatever person or lines you publish, only those notes pertaining to the persons included will come out - of course, that might also be a disadvantage, if context is lost. As much as we would like RM to generate a highly readable book from what we have put in, you will rapidly find that both your data and the tool are a long way from being able to do so and that post-generation editing and supplementing is necessary.
Posted 25 June 2012 - 11:55 PM
1. Starting person [His/her spouse(s) and children are not included.
2. Starting person's father
3. Starting person's mother
4. Starting person's paternal grandfather
5. Starting person's paternal grandmother
6. Starting person's maternal grandfather
7. Starting person's maternal grandmother
2) If you have multiple linked photos in a Media Album you can arrange those photos in the Media Album. Media Album screen, Tools, Rearrange media items.
Fact linked photos will link in the sort order of the fact. If you want to completely control the order media prints in, you can link all the media to the person's Media Album, Rearrange the media items as you wish. Media can be linked to as many Media Albums as you want. In the Scrapbook, choose to print for the Person.
3) You can create persons named Addendum A, Addendum B etc. and put your suplimental notes in the general note or into a linked fact note for the Addendum person . Link them as the last child or children of the last parents that will print in the report so they print last.
You can leave the notes where they are and privatize the notes for any one other than the first person who the same notes would be printed for. Don't print private notes in the reports.
Or, if you are using Publisher, you could create separate Narrative reports for each Addendum without having them linked to anyone in the report.
Im Publisher, you can do Add, Other report, Special sections, Text page to add a page to which you can title the text page and enter the text.
Posted 26 June 2012 - 04:38 AM
Posted 24 August 2012 - 03:44 PM
NOW...I have a 200-page family history, but the only way I know of to distribute hard copies to my family is to have it copied at Kinko's or Staples, with a cover. If I wanted to pay for it to be printed as a paperback book -- i.e. vanity or online press -- is there any way to convert what I have to a disc or convert it to a single, e-mailable document? Or am I stuck with what looks pretty much like a college thesis?
I eventually want to do the other side of my family. What should I do differently?
Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:14 AM
"I work on genealogy only on days that end in "Y"." [Grin!!!]
"Documentation....The hardest part of genealogy"
"Genealogy is like Hide & Seek: They Hide & I Seek!"
" Genealogists: People helping people.....that's what it's all about!"
Using FO and RM since FO2.0
Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:46 PM
Posted 25 August 2012 - 12:53 PM
Nettie, thank you. I'll check it out. Now how would I convert the whole thing to a PDF??
The Report Viewer in Publisher has a <Save> button and one of it's output types is a .PDF file
--- "GENEALOGY, n. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own." - Ambrose Bierce
--- "The trouble ain't what people don't know, it's what they know that ain't so." - Josh Billings
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 01:29 PM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:30 PM
Anybody else published from a Mac?
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:04 AM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 03:43 PM
Posted 26 May 2013 - 02:28 PM
Before I sent out my books to my family members, I made photo copies of the photos and hand=pasted each one onto the missing spot. What resulted was less than professional looking, but I figured they'd rather see the photos than blank spaces.
Given the reasonablle cost of publishing via DiggyPod, I plan to do a second printing. I've experimented and think I can use just 4 photos per page, increasing the page count. I viewed it as as PDF and it seemed to look OK.
Bottom line: I would HIGHLY recommend DP, and will use them again.