M. Carolyn Steele
Family researchers like to tell their ancestor's story. Carolyn's book is an excellent guide
to take it a step further - create and publish a compelling family history for future
- Janice Meredith, Professional Genealogist, Tulsa Genealogy Society
Whether you have simply picked at the threads of a story
handed down through generations or you're an accomplished
family storyteller, Preserving Family Legends for Future
Generations by M. Carolyn Steele, is written to help you
safeguard those ancestral stories for all time.
Both novice and experienced genealogists or writers will
find this book an informative aid in bringing family
histories to life. Chapters are filled with examples of
story elements such as how to set the scene, create
dialogue, or build a visual image of a long-ago ancestor.
Learn the value of era research, the sensitive handling of
family scandals, and the various methods of
By using Preserving Family Legends for Future
Generations as a guide, anyone can make their family
legends unforgettable, and in the process, save them
from being lost to the ages.
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Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations
Binding: 6x9 paperback
Also available on Kindle.
Make the past come alive and introduce your children
or grandchildren to their ancestors…
Often the value of history is under estimated,
especially the history of our ancestors. Deep down,
each of us possess the curiosity of a past we can
never touch and the people whose bloodline we
share. Recording the stories of their struggles,
successes, and failures gives them voice again and
reacquaints each of us with our roots. What a
wonderful way of introducing your children and
grandchildren to their distant ancestors.
Click on photo at right for the Table of Contents and a three-page
excerpt from Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations.
What reviewers have to say…
As a full time educator and novice genealogist, I can appreciate Carolyn Steele's
no-nonsense approach to researching and writing about one's family history. Her
instructions lead the reader step-by-step through the often confusing terrain of family
trees, reliable search sites (both on land and in Cyberspace) and validation of documents.
Illustration from her own eloquently written accounts of her ancestry ensures that even
beginning genealogists never make a misstep in their efforts.
-Carol Johnson, M.A., creative writing teacher and author of Autism: From Tragedy to
Triumph and Everlasting
Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations is filled with helpful tips and
examples that will allow even the novice writer to record the stories of their ancestors in
an entertaining manner.
-Judy Howard, author of Oklahoma Centennial Projects, Heavenly Patchwork I and II,
and Centennial Stitches.
www.buckboardquilts.com and www.HeavenlyPatchwork.com
Every family has a story to tell. But not many families make the effort to ensure that
those stories are properly preserved so that the generations to come can enjoy and learn
Tulsa writer M. Carolyn Steele has written a book designed to show how -- with a little
creativity and understanding of modern publishing technology -- families can go about
"Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations." Steele has had several stories
published in regional anthologies, including one put out by Tulsa's Hawk Publishing,
and her current book grew out of her interest in genealogy.
"For years I was content to gather dry facts about long-dead ancestors from the usual
sources," she writes in the introduction, "assemble neat files, print out charts and fill
notebooks. Then, when I delved into the life of a grandmother I never knew, I realized
this person deserved more than a line on a genealogy chart.
"Research into the era and the events of their lives put meat on old bones, made them
living, breathing people again for the reader to know and enjoy. This book, I hope, will
convince you to do the same with your ancestors and …family legends."
Steele includes tips on genealogical research, how to use the techniques of fiction to
better tell the story, dealing with old photographs, and even a lesson to two on grammar,
along with suggestions for self-publishing the finished work.
- James D. Watts, Sr., World Scene writer
Tulsa World, May 23, 2009, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Awarded 1st Place at
the Heartland New Day
M. Carolyn Steele has written Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations
(Roots and Branches, $14.95). I only wish I’d had this concise guide when I found, in
my mother’s attic, letters, receipts and other primary material circa 1850 from my
ancestors. You can benefit from her expertise by reading and heeding her lessons,
presented in an entertaining format, for preserving family stories.
- Angie Jackson - Worth Reading Column, Tulsa People Magazine, February 2010,
Preserving Family Legends for Future Generations is a great resource, and reading it
has renewed my desire to bring my family’s ancestry to life. I want future generations to
know their rich history and this book made me anxious to get started.
- Sharon Douthitt - Vice Regent, Verdigris Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution, Claremore, Oklahoma