Coming attractions: Join our list to learn more about creating personal and family history projects!


Photo courtesy of Caro Wallis via Flickr.

Over the past few years, I’ve shared a lot with you here on the Listen Closely Productions blog … Podcasts to fill your earbuds, samples of what family history projects can look and sound like, and extensive how-to posts that walked you step by step through the process of gathering and assembling a personal, family or organizational history into a finished product.

Today marks a new milestone in Listen Closely Productions. In addition to the types of content listed above, you’ll soon be able to access advice and tips related to personal history on a much deeper level, as I roll out a new series of products designed to help anyone interested in producing a personal or family history to be able to do it themselves.

The first step in creating a personal history project is figuring out the format for the end product. To help you with this crucial decision, I’ve developed a special report that answers 10 of the most common questions that would-be historians have about format.

This guide is perfect for you if …

  • You have a binder full of genealogy research that you’ve been trying to figure out how to share with your family.
  • You want to capture a parent’s life story before he or she can no longer tell it.
  • You’re collaborating on a family history project with a group of relatives, and are wondering how to organize the materials that are being shared.
  • You want to share your own memories and life lessons with your family but don’t have any idea how to make that happen.
  • Your church or favorite service/charity organization is having an anniversary or about to reach another important milestone, and you realize no one actually knows the history of the group.

Filled with practical tips and easy to implement ideas, the report will be available for order in the next few weeks for just $12.95. You can get a sneak preview by signing up for the new Listen Closely Productions email list – because I’m giving away a free one-page family history project format tip sheet with each subscription to the list between now and May 15. The tip sheet will be ready next week, and everyone who has signed up for the list will receive a download notice when it is ready.

You can sign up for the email list by clicking this link:

Once you’re on the list, you’ll receive periodic updates about information that will help you collect and share the important stories from your life, as well as that of your family, your ancestors, and the organizations in your community. I’ll be offering a variety of opportunities for you to learn how to be an effective “storycatcher” and create presentations – including books, videos and audio programs – you can be proud of. And you’ll be among the first to have the chance to order this special report about choosing a format.

The questions to you

As I plan out the content for the rest of the year, I’d like to ask for your help. In the comments section below, I’d love it if you could provide some feedback on the following questions.

  1. What personal, family or organizational stories do you most want to share with others?
  2. What part of the story catching process intimates you the most: asking permission, recording the story, organizing the materials, or producing a final product?
  3. Would you like guidance on how to use current technology to tell your stories? Or would you like to use a service that does it all for you?


One comment

  1. Liz, really looking forward to this. Three things I can think of:
    1. I still stupidly struggle with asking permission to record people even family/friends
    2. Asking the tough questions of family (who you know so intimately)
    3. Representation – how to edit someone without hurting their feelings especially if you are close to them (ethics I guess)

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