16 Mar

Write It Up! A Workshop for Family Historians (Syracuse, NY)

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 4:00pm
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Event Location: 
492 E. Brighton Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210
Event Sponsor: 
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Genealogists love family group sheets, pedigree charts, and family trees, but the best way to share your family story with the most people is to write it up into an engaging story. But where to start? 

Whether you are just beginning to write or have written reams but need to refine your work, this workshop is for you. This popular event was a smashing success in New York City last year, and we're excited to bring it up to Syracuse to reach our many members outside of the New York City Metro area. 

Learn from an expert genealogical writer and editor, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG.

This two-day hands-on workshop gives family historians practice in writing, experience in self-editing, and feedback on their writing samples. Topics focus on gearing up to write, writing processes, and structures and formats specific to genealogical writing.

Participants will bring a 500-word genealogical writing sample in an editable format. There is pre-reading and overnight homework. Each session will include at least one hands-on writing activity.

Click here to register now - early registration discounts are open until January 31!


Topics covered

After these seven sessions, you will be confident in your writing ability and have some solid work to show off:

Gearing Up and Getting Started: This session focuses on six essential tools for genealogical writers and the process of starting a writing project.

Shaping Your Writing: Participants will learn about word choice, structuring sentences and paragraphs, reducing word count, and other strategies to improve their genealogical writing’s readability.

Infusing Structure and Flow: Students will learn techniques for structuring genealogical essays with sentences, paragraphs, and sections that flow from one to the next.

Documenting Your Writing: Students will learn how to answer five questions about each source supporting their research conclusions, and then to use those answers to craft citations to document their writing. Citing online sources will receive emphasis.

Self-editing feedback I: The instructor will “live edit” student writing samples to demonstrate and apply the principles taught in sessions 1–3.

Self-editing Feedback II: The instructor will “live edit” student writing samples to demonstrate and apply the principles taught in sessions 1–3.

Creating Genealogy Compilations and Summaries: This session focuses on organizing, structuring, and numbering compiled genealogies and genealogical summaries.



Fee includes seven sessions, morning coffee, soft drinks, and an end of day social gathering. A lunch break is scheduled (neighborhood lunch options are available or bring your own). Early registration discounts are available to NYG&B members until January 31. After that, the price goes up to the normal discounted NYG&B member price. 

Click here to reserve your spot


Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to and including sixty days before the event are subject to an administrative fee.

Cancellations later than sixty days prior to the event are not refundable. No partial refunds are given if the registrant does not complete the event.