Although it may sound like an intimidating prospect at first, recording your life story can be a lot of fun -- and not all that time consuming.
All personal history endeavors begin with a free consultation to discuss your goals or vision for your project. We will discuss your budget and time constraints at this time and determine the best option for you or your loved one.
Nearly every personal history project begins with a life-story interview.
The purpose of the life-story interview is to capture information about your loved one or your family history that isn't recorded anywhere else. We all leave a paper trail behind us -- our college diploma or the deed to our house, but it's often the memories and stories we carry within us that never make it to paper.
So the first goal of every personal history project is to collect those stories ... or the content of a future book or oral memoir. We do this through a series of digitally recorded interviews, typically 2 to 3 two-hour interview sessions, conducted in a comfortable, familiar space, preferably your loved one's home.
A commemorative event, such as a wedding, anniversary or retirement celebration, may call for a personal history project that focuses on one particular aspect of life, such as marriage or work. These interviews can often be accomplished in approximately two hours.
To begin the interview process, I will distribute questionnaires, if appropriate, to your children and grandchildren, asking them to identify specific stories or areas of your life that they'd like for us to cover during the interviews. You will also complete a Biographical Information Form that will provide me with important names, dates, and facts about your life ----as well as topics that you would like to include in your memoir. I will then create a customized interview based upon the information gathered during this pre-interview process.
Digital recording and finished product
The interviews are digitally recorded, which means they're audio files that can be easily uploaded to a computer and manipulated and preserved in a number of ways.
After the interviews are complete, there are a number of ways preserve and share these stories, with lots of flexibility within the various options, dependent upon preferences and budget. The recordings can be edited to create an Oral Memoir, transcribed to become a Legacy Book, or simply burned to a CD in their raw state and enjoyed immediately.