Past APH Conference Chairs Tell All

Around the globe, personal historians are finalizing their plans to attend the annual international conference for the Association of Personal Historians, Believe It . . . Achieve It!, October 22-26, in St. Louis, Missouri, US. With twenty-five workshops covering all aspects of the personal history business, three fascinating keynote speakers, and innumerable opportunities to network with fellow personal history professionals,… Read More »

Sept. 27 is Save Your Photos Day. Are You Prepared?

Every month the news is filled with stories of natural disasters that wipe out entire communities. The names, places, and events become part of our international consciousness: tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri (pictured at left); Hurricane Sandy; Hurricane Katrina; the Tsunami in Northern Japan; extreme floods in Central Europe; the Christchurch earthquake. Tornados, mudslides, fires,… Read More »

Old Letters Become Time Machine to the Past

I’ve been a personal historian for a number of years, and have seen how powerful the experience of documenting and preserving one’s family stories can be. We personal historians often talk about the gift of passing on family stories to the next generation, assuring that you’re not forgotten and more. But I never realized that doing the work… Read More »

What’s So Funny? Humor in Personal Histories

Since my website talks quite a bit about the fact that I use humor in the memoirs I ghostwrite, people often approach me for advice about “the funny parts” of their memoirs. Now, hopefully, you will all be relieved when I tell you that memoirs don’t chug along like trains, stopping here and there at certain stations for… Read More »

It’s Time! Time to Register for the APH Conference

Have you registered yet for Believe It . . . Achieve It! the annual conference of the Association of Personal Historians? The conference is Oct. 22-26 in the fascinating city of St. Louis, Missouri, in America’s heartland, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. The conference features great networking opportunities, three accomplished keynote speakers, and your choice from twenty-five workshops… Read More »