Sharing our Knowledge
Part 13: A Manageable Future Updates Program
Sharing our Knowledge is a series of articles about the Historian Archives Project and how you can become involved.
In past articles, I described turning our Historian Archives into an online presence, and into a useful resource available to our membership. It’s a large multi-year project, but it’s manageable and relatively straight-forward. We can tackle one piece of the project at a time, as time permits, knowing where that piece fits into the overall plan. Each step produces tangible results – always a good feeling.
We continue with a similar approach. Let’s take things in small manageable bite-sized pieces, and tackle what we can as time permits. As with the Preliminary Information program, this is merely my own suggestion. Whether it has merit remains to be seen!
In the past (and present), Strong Updates have been in the form of book manuscripts. We have a number of large Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, and Professional Write documents which are the manuscripts for past and future Strong Updates.
If we are publishing on CD, we can include many other types of media – color charts, photo albums and slide shows, and so on. But our basic genealogical information remains in book form.
In the world of genealogy, there are two (or more) ways of creating that book. The first is with a word processor. That’s what we’ve been doing all along. The second way is to begin with a genealogy program such as Family Tree Maker, The Master Genealogist, or Legacy Family Tree. Use the genealogy program to generate the book sections, and use (for example) Microsoft Word to assemble those sections into a book, add the front matter, extra essays and photos, and so on.
Please share your ideas!