Category Archives: Book Life Stories

A personal historian interviews you and, using your words, crafts a narrative and produces a book (usually illustrated with photos).

Personal History Awareness Month: Everyone Has a Story, Including My Dad

“You are a good listener and ask really good questions.” This is what someone recently said to me about twenty minutes after we first met. “Do you realize how interesting you are?” was my reply. I find the interesting in everyone. I’ve discovered that if you ask people to tell you more about themselves, they will, but sometimes they… Read More »

APH Weekly Blog Roundup: Deciding Who Will Tell Your Story, The Power of Siblings, and an Interview with Marcia Orland

This week we have several members of the Association of Personal Historians writing (and pod casting!) about various topics related to preserving and sharing personal histories. Susan Marg of Your Biography 2 got an interesting response to her post about remembering pay phones in Got Change? “Well, we had a phone booth nearby – the type that had… Read More »

What Is Personal History? - APH1

Welcome to the first episode of The Life Story People Podcast! In this episode, host Steve Pender (Family Legacy Video, Inc.) speaks with APH Executive Director Linda Coffin (HistoryCrafters), outgoing APH President Sarah White (First Person Productions), and incoming APH President Bill Horne (Launceston Services). Linda, Sarah, and Bill define what personal history is and what personal historians… Read More »

APH Weekly Blog Roundup: Writing about the Past, Business Wisdom, Pontilly, Another Trip to Ireland, Historical Orchids & More

We have a little bit for everyone this week with stories about Pontilly, orchids in the U.S., business tips, and of course personal stories from members of the Association of Personal Historians. Sarah White writes about her experience as she visits New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in A Vision for Pontilly: 10 Years Ago Today. “Pontilly was the… Read More »

An Open Arms Embrace on Galway Bay

It was my client Patricia Lee’s cherished childhood memories of her Irish grandfather that led to her first visit to Ireland. Gramp, as she called him, was officially named Patrick Egan. In her memoirs, writing about her grandfather, she recounted, “I was eighteen when he died and it wasn’t until many years later that I realized he had a certain… Read More »