Family history writing tips to be shared at Feb. 24 Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting #general


Genealogist, copy editor and writer Martin Fischer will give a
presentation called "Write It! Tips for Saving and Sharing Family
History in Written Form" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting at Temple Beth-El, 3610 Dundee
Road, Northbrook, Ill.

, networking, and the JGSI genealogy help desk and research
library will open at 12:30 p.m. For more information about this free
event, see or phone 312-666-0100.

In this presentation, Fischer will discuss the many different forms
genealogical writing can take, describe the writing process and explain
how to organize a piece of family history writing. He will offer tips on
writing problems to avoid and suggest possible topics family historians
may want to write about. His presentation will include a brief
introduction to pre-writing techniques of outlining, mind-mapping and
stream-of-consciousness rough drafting. He will also explain the value
of focusing on a family history topic by creating a thesis statement and
will share several examples >from his own family history writing.

This presentation is intended to inspire even the most reluctant writer
to take the steps necessary to start a genealogy writing project that
will be worth saving and sharing.

Martin Fischer has been doing family history research since the 1970s
and created an extensive family history website,,
which he started in 2004. The vice president of publicity for the Jewish
Genealogical Society of Illinois, he is also a member of the Association
of Professional Genealogists, International Society of Family History
Writers and Editors, St. Louis Genealogical Society, American Copy
Editors Society and Editorial Freelancers Association.

Fischer has written articles for the St. Louis Genealogical Society
Quarterly; Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy;
Morasha, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois newsletter;
Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, and
Chicago Tribune.

He works part-time as a copy editor for the Chicago Tribune's Production
and Design Studio and is an adjunct online sociology faculty member of
the City Colleges of Chicago. Until a few years ago he also taught
introductory college writing and sociology courses for the University of

He won a first-place award in the International Society of Family
History Writers and Editors 2017 Excellence-in-Writing Competition for
an article, "How the Gogolinsky Family of Warsaw Became the Barney
Family of St. Louis," published in Avotaynu: The International Review of
Jewish Genealogy in Spring 2016.

Submitted by:
Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

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