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Continuing with the theme of family newsletters, I would like to offer you some suggestions that can assist you in their completion . One of the first things you must do is see how receptive family members will be in participating and receiving your newsletter. Their cooperation will result in less work for you during preparation.
Once you determine how much your family will be involved, your next step will be to consider the name you will give your publication. Use your imagination when choosing a name that will reflect the character of your family name (ie. Casa di Millemaci). Once you have chosen the name for your newsletter, you will need to establish a reasonable timeframe for publication. Within this timeframe, be sure to consider the content for each issue. If you are highlighting special events (such as birthdays, baptisms, anniversaries, weddings, reunions, etc.), keep a calendar available to record these important events. Then you can refer to it as you need it. When including genealogy information, be sure you have backup files and that they are dated. This will avoid repetition, and can easily be referred to when you do updates. Encourage input from other family members by requesting favorite photos to be shared as well as stories, recipes, questions regarding family ancestors and other historical information that pertain to your family.
Format is another important consideration. Do you want to have a layout which features columns or just continual print on a page? What about photos or decorative borders? How many pages will your newsletter be? You need to consider these factors when preparing your newsletter. Every page should be numbered and should also include the title, address, and editor of publication as well as the volume number and date of publication, as shown in this example:
Casa di Millemaci - Deborah K. Millemaci, EditorBe sure to note (usually on the front page) requests for submissions and deadlines for your next issue. With genealogy as basis for your newsletter, explore creative ways to present information. Use family sayings or favorite memories as "fillers" between articles. Have children submit their own favorite drawings or have them write a short story about what that drawing means to them.
Special headings (e.g. Upcoming Events, Family Queries, Recipe of the Month, Suggestion Box) can be used to highlight letters, stories, special events, etc. You can vary the information contained in your newsletter based upon the events surrounding each issue.
Developing a family newsletter costs money, but there are ways you can minimize these costs by using some of these suggestions:
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