by Orin Zebest
Five Subject Categories to Include in a Family History
This list is meant to help jog thinking – obviously, subject matter will vary from one family history to another.
This list is aimed at an ancestral family history, but it should be helpful for current generation family histories, too.
Category 1 – Individual Ancestors
This category is likely to be the most appreciated and viewed of all family history subjects. Associated photos (see Category 2 below) will add value.
– Writing done by an individual (e.g., my father’s early autobiography & my mother’s 47-year history)
– Any other writings – newspaper articles, obituary, etc.
– Remembrances and stories about an ancestor by descendants
– What distinguished a person as a unique individual?