NEHGS announces the publication of Penelope Stratton and Henry Hoff’s Guide to Genealogical Writing

How to Write and Publish Your Family History

September 23, 2014—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston has recently published the Guide to Genealogical Writing from NEHGS Publishing Director Penelope L. Stratton and Editor of the Register Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG.

This book is THE guide to genealogical writing for all family historians! Whether readers are new to genealogy or have been researching for years, this improved edition of our bestselling "writing guide" will help all present their findings in writing. Using examples from NEHGS's award-winning publications, our experts show how to write a family history clearly and accurately—from building a genealogical sketch, to adding images, to indexing. An appendix on genealogical style covers alternate spellings of names, when and how to use lineage lines, how to include adopted children and stepchildren, aspects of double dating, and other issues faced by genealogical writers. This update of Genealogical Writing in the 21st Century is a must-have for anyone interested in sharing research!

From the preface: “As the country’s leading resource for comprehensive family history research, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has a strong interest in encouraging genealogists at all levels not only to research their family histories but also to write and publish them. “ Among the topics covered: Getting started, Writing in genealogical style, Adding citations, Incorporating narrative, Selecting illustrations, Considering design and layout, Indexing, getting ready to publish, Writing for journals and magazines, Writing short or informal family histories, and Using Microsoft Word for genealogical writing.

Penelope L. Stratton is Publishing Director of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. She oversees the publication of books and periodicals, including books published under the Newbury Street Press imprint and books for the Great Migration Study Project. Prior to joining the NEHGS staff in 2006, Penny worked in both educational and trade book publishing. She has contributed articles to American Ancestors magazine and has given numerous presentations on various aspects of writing and publishing family histories.

Henry B. Hoff, CG, FASG, a member of the NEHGS staff since 1996, is editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Previously he served as editor or consulting editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Henry is the author of more than 200 genealogical articles in genealogical periodicals, and is the co-author, editor, or co-editor of several books, including two previous writing guides published by NEHGS.

To order Guide to Genealogical Writing, call NEHGS’s Sales Department at 888-296-3447, or visit the Society’s bookstore website,

About New England Historic Genealogical Society

The founding genealogical society in America, New England Historic Genealogical Society was established in 1845. Today it has a national collecting scope and serves 65,000 constituents through our award-winning website

Since 1845, NEHGS has been the country's leading research center for genealogists and family historians of every skill level. Today we provide more than 25,000 members worldwide with access to some of the most important and valuable research tools anywhere. Our resources, expertise, and service are unmatched in the field and our leading staff of on-site and online genealogists includes experts in early American, Irish, English, Scottish, Jewish, African American, Native American, and Canadian research. Expert assistance is available to members and nonmembers in a variety of ways. The NEHGS library and archive, located at 99—101 Newbury Street in downtown Boston, is home to more than 28 million items, including artifacts, documents, records, journals, letters, books, manuscripts, and other items dating back hundreds of years

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