Writing Your Personal History – Types of Histories and Apps and Storytelling Services to Get You Started

My favorite family history possessions are personal histories: Oral Histories, Autobiographies, and Biographies--in any shape or size.   They can be handwritten notes     or stories;     they can be spiral bound and typed     or hardbound and published;     they can be audio or video     comics or graphic novels     or they can simply be voice recordings.   Anything is better than this:     There are many ways to record and share your life story. It doesn't have to be grandiose or hard or expensive. I'll list some storytelling apps and professional service providers below, but my purpose in blogging about writing your personal history is to convince you to Just Do It!   If you feel stuck, read Writer's Block - How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing Your Personal History, otherwise, here are a few basics to consider when Writing Your Personal Histor…
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#FamilyHistoryMonth Day 10 – Use ArchiveGrid to find Collections

  ArchiveGrid is a free, online resource for finding archival materials worldwide, primarily manuscript collections, historical documents, personal papers, and family histories.   They have over 5 million records contributed by more than 1,000 libraries and archives. "ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies." Useful searches include: surname location topic (genealogies, history, land, deeds, maps, wills, etc.) Search results will show descriptions of the items and links to similar collections. If you didn't inherit the family bible and papers, someone else did. And maybe they donated them to an archive or historical society. It's worth a shot to check ArchiveGrid. Best in your searches! #FamilyHistoryMonth   Save Save
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Internet Archive for Genealogy

  On Day 9 of Family History Month, go see what's new at Internet Archive. Internet Archive (archive.org NOT to be confused with the subscription genealogy site, archives.com) is a great free resource for genealogy and family history. It's a "non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more." The Internet Archive library offers over 10 million fully digitized books and texts. And the OpenLibrary has over 300,000 modern eBooks that can be downloaded. *If you're going to type in the url instead of hitting a link, remember it's "archive.ORG". You can Search by Collection, if you know a particular library, say Brigham Young University Library or the Allen County Public Library, has great genealogical holdings. There are over 4,000 collections so unless you're going for something specific, you might not want to limit your search this way. They have a specific collection: Genealogy, that pulls resources from sever…
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