Publish your family history

Provides advice and resources for publishing your family history.

Content guidelines

The content of your family history will need to follow copyright and privacy guidelines and use a consistent publication and writing style.

When you are preparing the content (text and images) of your family history, you will need to ensure that you:

  • Cite all sources of information used
    Cite all publications, photographs, illustrations and other sources that you have used, using an appropriate referencing style.
  • Avoid breaching copyright
    You have a responsibility to ensure that your publication does not breach copyright. See the Australian Copyright Council
    website for more details.
  • Respect people’s privacy
    Respect the privacy of living people mentioned in your publication. Visit the Office of the Privacy Commissioner website for more information.

    See also the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations Inc (AFFHO) guidelines on Privacy implications for Family History Societies, which include information on the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of societies.
  • Use a consistent publication and writing style
    This will ensure your publication has a professional look and is easy to read and consult.
    For in-depth advice on writing style, refer to the 2002 Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th ed., John Wiley & Sons, Queensland.

Please note: It’s a good idea to address copyright and privacy issues well before you finish your publication.