When a librarian by the name of Carmen Nigro published a post on the New York Public Library blog entitled 20 Reasons Why You Should Write Your Family History, personal historians and APH members around the world rejoiced. Ms. Nigro had tapped into the multitude of absolutely terrific reasons individuals, families and organisations should consider working with a personal historian to preserve their stories.
Tomorrow, we launch the first in a weekly, 20-part series inspired by the New York Public Library blog post. The following 20 members of the Association of Personal Historians will expand upon each of the 20 important motivations listed in Nigro’s article:
#6. Memories over time become fragmented and distorted. People may not remember the things you told them but did not write down (by Deborah Perham) Bonus post! by Rhonda Kalkwarf. Additional Bonus article by Barbara Whittingham.
#19. Family members and even distant cousins may become more forward in contributing documents, photos, and stories for your genealogical research (by Michelle Sullivan). Bonus post, including video, by Iris Wagner and Michelle Sullivan.
#20. You will be encouraged to archive and preserve the documents on which your family history research is based: certificates, letters, diaries, etc. (by Tom Taylor). Bonus article by Alexandra Forman.
Bonus! This 20-by-20 series of posts is so popular among APH members that we’re happy to announce that it will include bonus features by personal historians such as Barbara Whittingham, Rhonda Kalkwarf, Iris Wagner and Just Judy.
And to Carmen Nigro, the New York Public Library’s subject specialist for local history and genealogy … thank you. Your thoughtful blog post is a gift to personal historians around the world who are passionate about preserving the stories of their clients. It’s also a gift to people who have been dreaming of writing their memoirs or autobiographies but didn’t know where to start or to whom to turn for guidance. To the children and grandchildren of those people: help us help you preserve your family’s history for generations to come. Consider the gift of personal history.
To find a personal historian in your area, visit www.personalhistorians.org/tell
To purchase the books cited by Carmen Nigro in her blog post, visit the APH Store:
Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art by Judith Barrington
Producing a Quality Family History by Patricia Law Hatcher
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What do you think of this list of 20 reasons to write your family history? Can you think of any others?
~APH: The Life Story People~
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