Monday, 7 December 2015

Family Reunion Book thoughts

I have decided to compile a short book for our family reunion next year. The subject of he book will be the four generations of my ancestors who lived in Stretford, beginning with Amos BANNISTER who was the first to move to Stretford and ending in George Amos BANNISTER who came to Australia. Their lives, from the birth of Amos to the death of George Amos spanned a total of 152 years and I have most of the relevant vital documents plus a large number of other supporting documents with which to build a story.

As a first step I have started re-verifying my research for these people, double-checking my sources, making sure I have proper citations and checking that I have not missed anything. The next step will be to create a timeline for each person and to scour the newspaper archives for any relevant articles which might be included. Then I can start writing the stories.

Once I have the book written, I will need to find somewhere to get it printed. I could go for the "cheap and nasty" route of simply photocopying it and using a comb binder, but maybe there are some self-publishing/print-on-demand options that might be more appropriate? So I guess I should start looking at the available services and start trying to compare prices. Does anyone have any experience with self publishing?


  1. I am guessing that you have found adequate records in the parish registers regarding Amos, his parents and his children. But, in case you have not, I have borrowed a book from a local state library titled, "The Registers of Stretford 1598-1937" transcribed by Colin D. Rogers and Ernest Leech. There are references that I have found that mention the Banister Family in Stretford. Although this information is found in other books, this particular edition does has transcribed the parish records exactly as they are written. I have found it to be most helpful in my endeavors to trace my Hampson line. Should you like information from the book, I am willing to scan the pages that I find with Bannister names and send them to you.

    1. Thank you Carol. I have indeed found all the relevant entries in the Stretford parish registers. I have been quite lucky (so far) in that Ancestry has good quality scans of most of the Stretford registers and these have been invaluable in my research efforts. Of course things get a little more murky once I try to dig back further, which is why I am focussing on Stretford for now - low-hanging fruit and all that. ;^)