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Family History & Life Story Services
Here are some products and services you can use to capture your life story - autobiography, biography, memoirThere are various products and services that you can use to capture your life story. On this page you can find out more about how to use them and Your Life Is Your Story services to tell your story.
Professional Personal Historian Life Story Services
Your Life Is Your Story can develop a custom designed life story package based on the number of interviews, amount of transcribing, writing, final product development and your budget. The result is a legacy (biography, autobiography, memoir, etc) you and your family - including future generations - will treasure. Every project is unique.
Preparing your story, knowing what you want to tell and deciding how you want to go about it are all important considerations. There are several articles on this website to help you prepare. Fill out the form on the Get Started page and get free information or you can Contact us to find out more.
Additionally, this page contains other family history and life story service options for your personal history project.
The Memoir Network
The Memoir Network
is the umbrella of the various
workshops and resources of thememoirnetwork.com
They can help you
publish a book. Denis Ledoux and his team can provide writing
assist you to teach others through their curriculum. Their program of
leader certification for lifewriting professionals can provide those
interested in working in the field of lifewriting with credentials and
The centerpiece of Denis Ledoux's instruction is his excellent handbook, Turning Memories into Memoirs. I own a copy of the recently revised and expanded edition and it is full of valuable and helpful resources. It's written with clarity and it will inspire you to take the steps to write your story. You can order a copy through their e-bookstore.
Write and Build Your Life Story Online!
Use the free I'm a Story (imastory.com) website to write and post your memoir or life story. Or interview a family member and write about them. You can keep it private or share it with the world. Rolland Love, a fine writer himself, is the man behind I'm a Story and his mission is to get people to preserve life stories. He is especially interested in schools getting young people involved interviewing family members and helping preserve their history. Towards that end he's created some curriculum to show you how and is actively working to get more schools involved. What a great idea!
Once you've written your story (using helpful prompts and tools) you can save it and take the next step to have your book designed and printed. I'm a Story doesn't offer that service, but there are plenty of places to turn to for that.
The MemoryGrabber is a terrific product. This product is fun to use and guides you through the process of preserving your personal history. And the price is hard to beat - just $14.95 and backed by a money-back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.
The MemoryGrabber has been updated with some additional innovations. The new version includes more great questions, timeline development and the ability to type and save your work right into the PDF e-book workbook using the free Foxit PDF reader.
Michael Boyter is the man behind the site and this has been a labor of love for him for a few years. He is the self-appointed family historian for his clan and he encourages you to move the past into the future...one family story at a time!I personally use this great product with clients. It's inexpensive and highly readable.
There are a number of helpful books about life story writing. An excellent anthology has been released from the Association of Personal Historians. My Words Are Gonna Lingercontains a number of life stories from various personal historians, along with background information on how their projects came together. You can order the book online.
Write From The Inside by Lissa Ann Forbes - here.
The Legacy Guide by Carol Franco and Kent Lineback - here.
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