Easily create your family memoir
1 Getting started
Launch the program and create a new file when prompted. First select who the story will be about – enter their name, choose where to save the file and click ‘Create File’. Next, select ‘Import Genealogy’ to bring across your research from another program, including GEDCOM files.
2 Import notes
After choosing your file, pick which person you want to import along with selected relatives and events to include. Select further options – whether to import pictures and media, for example – and click ‘Import’. You can also choose to include ‘LifeCapsules’: related historical events.
3 Organise existing stories
Your story framework will be built from the events you selected from the lives of your chosen individual and selected family members. If you picked LifeCapsules, these will be displayed for context. Ctrl-click (Shiftclick on a Mac) any irrelevant stories and click the ‘Delete’ button.
4 Write stories
Double-click a story to open the editing window. Type your story into the main window, as if using a word processor. You can add pictures here too; click on the picture to resize it using its drag handles, or right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) to change its alignment on the page.
5 More handy tools
The Organizer pane on the left lets you quickly record notes (and related ‘sub-notes’) to help your writing. You can also edit the story’s title and date. Use the ‘Status’ drop-down on the right to record your progress. Click ‘Categories’ to tag the story, and click ‘Save’ when you’re done.
6 Filtered views
Categories help you filter stories, both in the main view and when choosing which stories to include in your memoir. Add categories via the ‘Stories > Categories’ menu. You can also create filters for the main view with the ‘Filter’ button. The story list will update after clicking ‘OK’.
7 Create your book
Your stories will eventually be brought together in a book – select ‘Publish > New Book’ to get started. Enter the details – title, author and so on – and click ‘Next’. Choose which special sections (eg a Table of Contents) you want, and click ‘Next’ to select which stories to include.
8 Finishing touches
After selecting your stories, choose how to group them in the book (by category, age/date or together in a single chapter). Then use the tools to tweak the book’s look and edit previous choices. Click ‘Close’ and save to return to it later, or ‘Publish Book’ to preview and print it.