Jeff Benedict shows perfectly how your life’s story can be told as simply and profoundly in a few columns in a newspaper. It is ultimately the connections between us that are important.
Remember to tell you life’s story…to yourself, your friends, your family…and to me.
Here’s Ray Brown’s life as told by Jeff Benedict.
I belong to this professional organization because I agree with their philosophy and approach to the family story. While most of the members are biographical writers, I have found my passion in the short genealogical sketch which attaches photos and short vignettes. I post them for the family members in a password protected environment.
The Association of Personal Historians meets annually as a group, and also quarterly as a regional group to provide support and encouragement for its members.
I attended the 2009 conference in Philadelphia and plan to attend the 2010 conference in Victoria, BC.
Families are more than Charts and Dates. It is the stories that give us the glimpses into the lives and times of our family that bring our families together and to life.
Those stories are often short – a few words, spontaneously uttered in response to a picture or a memento. Attached to pictures and charts our ancestry comes to life and reminds us of our value. It gives us strength and understanding.
What is your story?
This is an example of a descendant chart
For some this is plenty of information, however for most of us it comes alive when it’s attached to pictures and stories.
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Several clients have expressly permitted a portion of their family stories to be posted as demonstration projects so that you may view them. My thanks go to them. Enjoy!
In addition to the information you provide, I use the National Archives, Ancestry.com, Genealogybank.com and a variety of other resources to validate and illuminate your stories.
You and I meet for two hours to gather a small family tree, gather and scan pictures and capture vignettes about the family members.
After our meeting, I create your individual secure family website, and then load and edit the information we gathered.
In our next meeting, You review the website, it’s tree, pictures and narratives and give your corrections and approval. After any final updates, you can give your unique password to family members so that they may view and comment.
All content is posted on your secure website so that your family, where ever they live, can access the narratives when they are ready.
Fee: one time $500, annual maintenance $50.
Future updates and additions follow the same pattern so that the website can be updated quickly when you are ready.