I always have a great feeling of accomplishment when I produce another book on a family line. This week I finally put together and printed my book on "The Martin Blanchard Family of Hampshire and America." This is the sixth family book that I have done.
The Blanchards were my token "rich" family--they probably had more money that all my other lines put together. It's definitely easier to research folks with a large bank balance!
When I start to research a family line, I use my Brothers Keeper genealogy program to collect and record data. At the same time I create Word files as mini-biographies. Initially the Word files are just stubs, mostly boilerplate entries, that I continually update and refine as I go along. The mini-bios are where I add speculations and observations and further research ideas.
Somewhere along in this process, I decide that the material is refined and extensive enough to warrant printing. I just reached that point a couple of weeks ago with the Blanchards. I recommend the process to one and all. Don't just collect data endlessly--get it out there in a family book! Put copies in family member's hands and in libraries. You'll be glad you did!