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July 26, 2011

Note: The Association of Personal Historians closed shop in May 2017, so some of this is no longer applicable.
Want to help others tell their life (or family) stories? Pick up a copy of Start & Run a Personal History Business: Get Paid to Research Family Ancestry and Write Memoirs by Jennifer Campbell. Jennifer.

Listen to personal historian Stephanie Kadel Taras explain What personal historians do and why (audiofile of an interview on the Ann Arbor program "Everything Elderly." Here's the program description.

Anyone can attend APH's annual conference, to be held in Las Vegas this year, Sunday-Thursday (Oct 16-20, 2011). Members of APH can also purchase four special toolkits for personal historians: 1) Get Your Personal History Business Up and Running; 2) The Interview: Record and Develop the Story; 3) Products and Services; 4) Marketing: APH Members Share Ideas That Work (I found the 4th toolkit, on marketing, the most helpful.)
Stephanie is active in the Association of Personal Historians.

As co-editor, with Paula Stallings Yost, of My Words Are Gonna Linger: The Art of Personal History, with a foreword by Rick Bragg, I'm biased, but this is a great gift for that person whose life stories should be recorded or told but who keeps saying, "Who cares what happened in my life?" Read excerpts here and order here to order directly from APH, or here to order from Amazon (we get a small commission). Backstories about the process of getting the stories into print will be helpful if you want to help others tell their life stories. "At last, a collection that shows the 'why, what, and how' behind memoir as legacy." ~ Susan Wittig Albert, author of Writing from Life and founder of Story Circle Network.