5 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Create a Family History Book

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The Creative Family Historian – Five reasons why you're struggling to create a family history book

There are five common reasons why genealogists struggle to create a family history book, find the ones holding you back and discover what to try instead.

Your decision to create a family history book is a big one. It’s not only an opportunity to tell the stories you’ve spent years discovering but will also preserve them in a format that your family can share for generations to come. So it’s something that you want to get right.

Producing a book is a mammoth project that requires a significant investment of time and, potentially, money. And if you’ve never created a book before, there is also a big learning curve that comes with it.

No pressure, right?

It’s a project that can be stressful, intimidating and incredibly overwhelming. All before you’ve put a finger to the keyboard and created a single, shareable page.

And that’s why it’s so easy to trip up on one of the five reasons that make family historians struggle to complete their projects.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Five mistakes people typically make when they first create a family history book.
  • Why shortcuts are time wasters, not time savers
  • Alternative processes to try so you can share your ancestral stories sooner rather than later.

Are you ready? Let’s get started.

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [01:07] I share my book design experience, including a big mistake I made when working on a project in 2014
  • [02:15] I reveal mistake no. 1 and tips on how to avoid repeating this with future projects
  • [03:57] Mistake no. 2 is all about mindset and setting expectations before you begin
  • [05:24] Mistake no. 3 reveals your secret weapon to finishing tasks faster
  • [06:07] With mistake no. 4, I talk about how to use to-do lists and timeframes to work smarter
  • [7:00] Mistake no. 5 is about planning your project with your end reader in mind

Don’t abandon your family history book projects forever when things don’t go as planned. Instead, review what went wrong, find an alternative process and try again. Give yourself grace. Remember that new things take a while to learn, and sometimes we need to seek help from others.

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Links mentioned in this episode:

The Family History Book Blueprint masterclass

10-Minute Training Suggestion

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4 Responses to “5 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Create a Family History Book”

  1. Lorraine Howard says:

    Hi Prudence
    I was most interested but I am quite deaf! Is there any way of getting the script below the video? I can hear some but not all you say.
    Thank you!
    Lorraine

    • Prudence says:

      Hi Lorraine, yes, you can grab the transcript. Scroll to the bottom of the post, look for “Other ways to enjoy 5 Reasons Why You’re Struggling to Create a Family History Book,” and click “Read the Transcript”. The video should also have captions, but I can’t promise how accurate they’ll be. If you play the video and click on the CC button in the bottom right, the captions will appear.

  2. Kathy says:

    Thanks for this helpful blog & Video. I like the new format with the transcript. It’s my learning style and fits great into my memory! Any help with that is a plus!

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