1518 July 2019

Are You Ready to Write Your Family History?

Have you been collecting family stories, photos, and documents for years? Are you ready to stop researching and start writing?

Join us at the StLGS office this summer from 9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 15–18 July, for hands-on classes on all aspects of writing and publishing.

Learn how to get started, how to use timelines and historical context, some current rules of English usage, and how to write source citations correctly. Find out how to create a style sheet, how to use Microsoft Word to create an attractive document with text and graphics, and how to properly format all the parts of a book. Finally, become familiar with copyright concerns and with lessons learned from others and hear directly from a publisher so you know what to expect when you are ready.

Your registration fee includes all lectures; consultation with instructors throughout the week; lunch, coffee, and snacks each day, and a notebook and USB drive of handout materials.

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Instructor Biographies

Viki Fagyal is a lifelong St. Louis resident who has been researching her family for more than thirty years. She has served in many capacities at StLGS for the past thirty-plus years. A writer, genealogy instructor, and lecturer, Viki completed a book on her father’s family history in 2013, a book on St. Louis Orphanages in 2018, and is currently writing a book on her mother’s family.

Bob Goode is the Information Systems Director for the St. Louis Genealogical Society. Bob recently published a book on the Goode family history and is now working on his mother’s side of the family. Bob is a co-leader of the StLGS yearly research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Liz Kelley is the publications manager at no Waste Publishing. She believes that great customer service begins and ends with personal attention. Liz has the knowledge to not only make your book a reality, but to get it done right. Several members of the St. Louis Genealogical Society have worked with Liz’s company to create their books.

Ilene Murray has been engaged in genealogy for almost forty years. A featured speaker at local conferences, she teaches genealogy and computer classes and is the StLGS publications director. Ilene works on the StLGs website, has written numerous articles for a variety of genealogical publications, and co-authored a book on the early history of University City. She is a co-leader of the society’s annual research trip to Salt Lake City.

Jane (Soehngen) Theissen holds an MLIS (library) degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and retired in 2018 as a reference librarian from Fontbonne University. She is co-editor of the StLGS Quarterly. She was bitten by the genealogy bug in high school as the result of a history class assignment and, with her mom, has been researching her family since then.

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