Saturday, January 23, 2010

Personal Historian: Bringing Life to Your Life Stories by Michael Booth

I love being early enough to a session to get an aisle seat. I already like his PowerPoint background. Michael's site is http://www.personalhistorian.com/ so I am linking to it as everyone settles into the room.

Personal Historian was born out of Michael's own need. As you know, there are many obstacles to writing your own story such as:

  • Lack of motivation

  • Lack of time

  • Overwhelming

  • Poor memory

  • Lack of writing skills

Of course, none of these apply to anyone in this room. But even when you do decide to try, how do you start? The prospect of staring at a computer screen can scare off the bravest historian.

Michael recommends breaking the story down into bite-size pieces. The nickel tour of his software shows how you can create a timeline, mini-stories, and photos which are added one by one and then ultimately pulled into a master publication.

This software is a great option to help one organize their story. It is particularly handy for individuals who do not know where to start and need support to keep their story on track. It also works if you want to write someone else's life story. Your GED-COM file is used to help build the timeline along with the relatives you select to be a part of the story. You can also add options to the timeline from music, movies, politics, etc. to help flesh out your story.

If you are interested in learning more, go to http://www.personalhistorian.com/ and you can download a free trial copy and use it for thirty days.

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