Self-publish a family history book in Australia


It all starts with research. Researching a family history can be a fascinating and rewarding experience. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Gather existing information: Start by talking to family members and collecting any existing family records, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates.

  2. Utilize online resources: There are many online resources available to help you research your family history, including ancestry websites, government archives, and genealogy forums.

  3. Visit archives and libraries: Consider visiting local archives and libraries to access census records, military records, immigration records, and other historical documents.

  4. Search for family records: Look for family bibles, old letters, and other documents that may contain valuable information about your family history.

  5. Join a genealogy group: Joining a genealogy group can provide access to additional resources and connect you with others who are researching their family history.

  6. Document your findings: As you gather information, be sure to document everything, including sources and dates. This will help you keep track of your research and make it easier to verify the accuracy of your findings.

  7. Organize your research: Use tools, such as family tree software, to help you organize your research and keep track of the relationships between family members.

By following these steps, you can gather valuable information about your family history and preserve it for future generations.

Self-publishing a family history book can be a rewarding experience. Here are some steps to consider when self-publishing a family history book:

  1. Organize your research: Gather all your research materials, including documents, photographs, and family stories, and organize them into a coherent narrative.
  2. Write the book: Create a clear structure for the book and start writing. Consider including a table of contents, introduction, and index.
  3. Edit and proofread: Review the book several times to catch any errors or inconsistencies, and have others review it as well.
  4. Format the book: Choose the size, layout, and font for your book, and consider adding photographs and illustrations.
  5. Choose a self-publishing platform: There are several online self-publishing platforms, such as Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, CreateSpace, and Lulu but you will get a cookie-cutter looking book. Green Hill will produce a professional bespoke book design.
  6. Design a cover: A great cover can help your book stand out. Green Hill has professional book designers in studio.
  7. Publish and promote: After you have published your book, consider promoting it through social media, book clubs, and bookstores.

By following these steps, you can successfully self-publish your family history book and share your story with others.


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