Writing My Book: Part I

After many years of collecting data, photos, stories, names and places I decided to put all those years of time well spent into a book. I want to present it to my Clan Hunter Chief, Madam Pauline Hunter of Hunterston at our next Clan Hunter Gathering this coming September, 2020.

This post is about making a Stylesheet. Being a member of American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society I am trying to do as well as they suggest in writing my book the way it should be done.

By doing this Stylesheet it will be a quick reference to establish consistency from start to finish in how words are spelled, hyphenated, capitalized, and abbreviated. Also, I will be able to standardize how I abbreviate my citations.

Tip One: Building a sketch in Register style (Descendancy Format).

Tip Two: Building a sketch for an ancestor table (Ahnentafel).

Tip Three: On first mention of a place in a sketch, include city/town,county,
and state/country; later shorten to city.

Use the day-month-year style: 23 October 1900.

If exact date is unknown, estimate based on evidence: “born ca.
1485”, “died before 1577.”

If exact place is unknown, omit or give the likely place: “born
probably at Hunterston.

If name is unknown, use blank lines: “He married Elizabeth ________.

I will be using Microsoft Word’s bookmarking function which automatically numbers people in a genealogy.

Favorite keyboard shortcuts:
Boldface: Ctrl-B
Italic: Ctrl-l
Small caps: Ctrl-Shift-K
Superscript: Ctrl-Shift+

Tip Four: Man’s number is always even and woman’s is odd.

Tip Five: An ancestor table, or ahnenafel, presents a direct line of ancestors, beginning at or near the present time and going back to the earliest known ancestors. The subject of the ancestor table is number 1; parents are numbered 2 and 3; paternal grandparents are numbers 4 and 5; maternal grandparents are 6 and 7, etc.

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