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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Where to Find Historical Books for Genealogy and Family History

I was surfing Pinterest today and found "The Servantless House" by R. Randal Phillips, written after WWI, when many women had transitioned to factory jobs and there was a shortage of domestic help and increased costs for anyone hiring domestic help.  

"Already we have a Women's Legion which demands not only a very much higher rate of wage for domestic work than ever was paid in the old days, but also makes it a stipulation that a girl shall have specified times for her meals, during which she is not to be disturbed; two hours off every day; and every Sunday off from after dinner till 10 o'clock at night..."   Not only did servants start demanding breaks for meals and a few hours off each day, they also now demanded,  

"proper sleeping accommodation and adequate food."   The horror!  

"All this, quite obviously, intensifies an already very difficult pro…

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How to Organize Your Personal Library in 8 Easy Steps

Most of us are familiar with the pristine organization of public libraries and archives.       A few of us have even geeked out and considered shelving our own books with the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress system.       I'm not going that far, but I do love organization. Here is my ideal plan.   How to Organize a Personal Library in 8 Easy Steps   Step 1 - Bring all the books in your home into one room.

Gather books from bedrooms, coffee tables, random shelves and countertops, etc and bring them all into one place.

    Step 2 - Sort the books, by topic, into separate piles.    

This is where you might want to refer to the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress classification systems. Get a feel for how the pros sort books and then figure out what the logical breakdown will be for your collection.

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