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Is it still a great time to become a personal historian?

May 14, 2017

Tags: personal history, memoir, memoir coach, family history, Association of Personal Historians

by Pat McNees (updated the month the Association of Personal Historians filed for bankruptcy--but individual personal historians are still at your service)

For twenty-five years I've been helping people and organizations tell their life stories. If you're nosy, love to do interviews, like shaping them into a compelling narrative, and either know how to produce and independently publish a book or are willing to learn and/or subcontract some stages of the process, (more…)

Grandfathers Journal(video)

February 5, 2012

Tags: journal, family history

A grandfather's journal helps a troubled teenager better understand himself and recognize a connection with his ancestors (a video from Family Search):



The longest memory is not as good as a short pencil, says this narrator. Keep a journal.

You can (more…)