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Ontario Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
and the Canadiana Department of North York Central Library present:

Writing a Narrative Family History:
A Seminar with John Colletta

When: Saturday, September 27th, 2008
Time   10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: North York Central Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto (at the North York Centre subway station)
Cost CA $45.00 NON-MEMBER OCAPG
CA $20.00 MEMBER OCAPG
   

 

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Register Now! Space is limited!

Register online to reserve your seat today. To register go to: www.genealogystore.com, choose the country in which you reside and click on “Services & Trips” (on the left). Click on “OCAPG” and then click on “Writing Seminar”. (Please note that you will be directed to The National Institute for Genealogical Studies website for the registration process.)

Alternatively, mail this registration form with your payment to:

Writing Workshop, OCAPG
c/o Marg Meldrum, Genealogy Results,
364 O’Leary Ave., Peterborough, ON  K9K 1E3

For any inquiries, contact us by email at: OntarioChapterAPG@gmail.com or phone 705-742-3218.

About Our Speaker:
John Philip Colletta of Washington, D.C., taught genealogy at the National Archives and Smithsonian Institution for twenty-one years. Today he lectures at area universities and nationally. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Birmingham, AL) and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. He has authored many articles, both popular and scholarly, and his two manuals—They Came in Ships and Finding Italian Roots—are now in updated editions. He has also published a narrative family history, Only a Few Bones, that reads like a murder mystery. His Ph.D. is in Medieval French.

How to get to the workshop:
By public transit: North York Central Library is connected directly to the North York Centre subway station, on the Yonge line. Inter-city trains and buses link with the subway at Union, Dundas, or York Mills stations. Allow at least 35 minutes from Union or Dundas, or 15 minutes from York Mills, to get to North York Centre.
By car: North York Central Library is at 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 5N9, on the west side at Park Home Avenue (about halfway between Sheppard and Finch). From Highway 401, exit northbound at Yonge Street; proceed north to Park Home Avenue (6th or 7th traffic light) and turn left. The most convenient parking ($5 per day on Saturdays) is under the building – enter from Novotel on Park Home, or from Beecroft Road (parallel to and west of Yonge Street).
Accommodation: Novotel North York is part of the North York Centre. For information, visit: www.novotel.com.

John Colletta has planned the day around all the facets of good writing and good storytelling. The day’s schedule is as follows:

9:15 - 10:00 AM          Gathering and registration

10:00 - 11:00 AM  Creating a Reliable Document and a Readable Story
For family historians who have been researching for twenty or more years, as well as those who are just getting started, this lecture addresses the joys and challenges of producing that final written product: a narrative history of your family. Deciding the scope, form, content and style of your account; selecting a numbering system; using proper documentation; indexing—these issues are discussed to produce a work that is an accurate document future researchers may rely upon. The essential elements of captivating stories and selecting visual enhancements—these matters are considered to ensure your book is a readable story. Commit your research findings to writing now… before it's too late.

11:00 - 11:30 AM        Break

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM  Turning Biographical Facts into Real-Life Events
The biographical facts you discover about your ancestors did not happen in a vacuum. Your ancestors were born, lived, and died under specific physical circumstances at specific times in history. This lecture demonstrates how to turn biographical facts into the real-life experiences they were; how to gather together and evaluate evidence about a particular event, including its historical context, to “individualize” every ancestor. How to link the biographical experiences together to reconstruct each ancestor’s life is explained, including how to incorporate family lore and speculation.

12:30 - 1:30 PM          Lunch (Options: Brown bag it, North York Centre’s food court, or restaurants on Yonge Street.)

1:30 - 2:30 PM  Principles of Good Writing and Good Storytelling
This lecture provides practical instruction on how to present each ancestor’s life as an engaging true story. It addresses setting, action, characters and theme or conflict. It demonstrates vivid vocabulary that invokes the five senses—touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell—that uses archaic words and expressions and incorporates quotations from period writings. It illustrates how to hook a reader’s interest, employ strong verbs and effective adjectives, keep the ancestor always at center stage, employ literary techniques to create well-rounded episodes with suspense, surprise, romance, horror and humour, and suggest the ancestor’s personality, temperament or character. Real-life stories may read as well as best-selling fiction.

2:30 - 3:00 PM            Break

3:00 - 4:00 PM  Using Artifacts
Combining information learned from artifacts with information learned from written sources allows you to write a more vivid and more accurate account of your ancestors. This lecture demonstrates how to use family heirlooms, cemetery monuments, old letters and diaries, and on-site inspection of ancestral houses, to derive insight into an ancestor's physical appearance, character, temperament, personal interests, social standing, day-to-day life at home, and perhaps even an ancestor's personal goals and motives. Pull your precious family artifacts into your story where they belong.

4:00 - 4:30 PM  Q & A, evaluation, and wrap up

Coffee and tea will be available to the registrants.

Book Sales at the Seminar!

John Colletta’s books and other publications of interest will be available for purchase at the event. Below is a list of the books that can be purchased; however, there will be limited quantities available. We encourage you to pre-order the publications, before September 4th, 2008 to ensure obtaining your book(s) of interest and to save shipping costs. To place your order today, go to: www.genealogystore.com and click on “Services & Trips” (on the left). Click on “OCAPG” and then click on “Writing Seminar”. (Please note you will be redirected to The National Institute for Genealogical Studies website for pre-ordering.)

NOTE: Most of these books are published by American publishers. The Canadian price is shown as of April 21st. As the exchange rate changes, the Canadian price may also change. Once your order is processed, your cost will not change.

Board for Certification of Genealogists. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Orem, UT: Ancestry, 2000.
CA $19.95  OCAPG Member Price CA $17.95

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. You Can Write Your Family History. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books, 2003.
CA $19.95  OCAPG Member Price CA $17.95
                       
Colletta, John P. Only a Few Bones: A True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath. Washington, DC: Direct Descent, 2000.
CA $18.00  OCAPG Member Price N/A

Curran, Joan Ferris, Madilyn Coen Crane and John H. Wray. Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families and International Kin. Special Publication No. 64. Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 1999.
CA $8.00  OCAPG Member Price CA $7.20

Gouldrup, Lawrence P. Writing the Family Narrative. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1987.
CA $12.95       OCAPG Member Price CA $11.65

Gouldrup, Lawrence P. Writing the Family Narrative-Workbook. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1987.
CA $12.95 OCAPG Member Price CA $11.65

Hatcher, Patricia Law. Producing A Quality Family History. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, Inc. 1996.
CA $19.95  OCAPG Member Price CA $17.95

Merriman, Brenda Dougall. About Genealogical Standards of Evidence. 3rd edition. Toronto, ON: Ontario Genealogical Society, 2008.
CA $16.00  OCAPG Member Price CA $14.40

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.
CA $16.95  OCAPG Member Price CA $15.25

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2007.
CA $49.95  OCAPG Member Price CA $44.95

Mills, Elizabeth Shown, editor. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001.
CA $44.95  OCAPG Member Price CA $40.45

Mills, Elizabeth Shown. QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005.
CA $5.95    OCAPG Member Price CA $5.35

Rose, Christine. Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case. San Jose, CA: CR Publications, 2005.
CA $8.95  OCAPG Member Price CA $8.05