Photo courtesy mobilechina2007 via Flickr. In our last post, we looked at some ways to organize the raw materials from your interviews with your family narrator, including how to find a storyline and a narrative arc in their series of anecdotes. Today, I’ll provide a couple of keys to the actual act of editing […]

Photo courtesy of Jon Madison via Flickr. So far in our series of how-to posts related to family history, we’ve discussed getting permission from your narrator, selecting a format for the project, conducting the interview, and how to gather stories at a distance, when your narrator doesn’t live close to you. If you’ve followed these […]

Photo by Sol Robayo courtesy of Flickr. Today we have a real treat: an interview with for Dwight Swanson, a co-founder and a board member for the Center for Home Movies, an organization dedicated to preserving home-made motion pictures — from the old-timey Super 8 films made the middle of the 20th century, to today’s […]

Photo courtesy of Cindy Higby via Flickr. This post has its roots in an audio file posted by my Facebook friend Alia. She recently shared a recording her family made of her playing her violin with her grandmother Marian playing piano, produced about 10 years ago. They are playing a song that Marian wrote; Alia […]

Photo courtesy PixGood.com. So far in our series on storycatching, we’ve focused on working with narrators with whom you are working with face to face. And certainly when asking permission, getting prepared, or conducting the interview itself, working with someone who is within easy driving distance makes things easier. But sometimes when you do a […]

Photo by Amy via Flickr. Part of the reason I got into the personal history business was because I enjoyed creating family history videos and other gifts for my own family. I was always struck by the fact that my own joy at creating these gifts was equaled, and in many cases surpassed, by the […]

Photo via Jon Rawlinson via Flickr. In the first two posts in this series, we discussed how to invite your family member to tell his or her life stories, and how to select a format for presenting their stories. Today, we’ll talk about how to set up the interview environment and conduct the interview in […]

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