There has been a trend for the family historian to spend a little time on the round story: she'll give you the context of the family by providing the big facts about the world they lived in, such as that such-and-such a war was going on, or that electricity had only recently been discovered. If you mention a war, do it because the ancestor was a part of it, not because you want to play history-book writer. If you mention the new field of electricity, make sure, too, that the facts about the ancestor's town show that electric street lamps were brought in just when that ancestor was such-and-such years old. This is relevance. Keep the elements of story relevant. Be very particular about this. When you write the over-general stuff about the world your ancestor had no part in you lose typed lines that could have been committed to discovered particulars about your own family.
Leave History to the history books and write the real story. G. E. Claire, this 19 July 2011. Copyright 2011 by G. Claire. <> <> <> <>