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Archive for 2009



  • 2009 Association of Personal Historians Conference in Valley Forge

    If you follow me on any of the social media platforms such as Twitter (@stefanitwyford) or Facebook, you’ll know that I spent the previous week at the 2009 Association of Personal Historians Conference in Valley Forge Pennsylvania. Having never been to the Philad...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 2nd, 2009

  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009

    ProGenealogists. a consortium of professional genealogists who specialize in genealogical, forensic, and family history research, just published their annula list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites for 2009 on their website. Genealogy is the #1 hobby in America r...

    Read more  ●  Friday, May 29th, 2009

  • Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston Texas

    Yesterday I was visiting with Susan Kaufman, the Manager at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research in Houston. I have been meaning to get down to the Clayton Library and talk with Susan for some time and we finally made it happen yesterday. If you’r...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

  • Concepting and Scriptwriting Tips for Family Video Productions

    Flickr photo: Meg Part 2 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week I introduced this series about creating videos to capture the joy of family events and special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday get-togethers....

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

  • Create Your Own Family Bible

    Flickr photo: Wonderlane We often do large photo archiving projects for families that involve scanning and creating digital records of photos albums, boxes of loose photos, newspaper articles, certificates and other family mementos that a family wants preserved. Famili...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 8th, 2009

  • Days With My Father by Philip Toledano

    My son recently sent me a link to a beautiful website called “Days With My Father.” It is a beautiful and sentimental photo gallery done by a professional photographer with his writings about dealing with the final stages of his father’s Alzheimers Dis...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 23rd, 2009

  • Finding Your Family Online

    Flickr photo:mweitkamp In the news yesterday is a story about a couple who are engaged and planning to wed soon. What makes this story really unusual is that they have the same name, Kelly Hildebrandt, and they met on Facebook. One night (female) Kelly was bored and ty...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

  • Holiday Ideas for Creating Family History Projects

    Flickr photo: Alexcentric This is the time of year when we gather with our families and close friends and community to celebrate the holidays. It’s a special time of year often accompanied by many traditions, some of them passed down many generations, some of the...

    Read more  ●  Friday, December 18th, 2009

  • How Much Should You Pay A Personal Historian?

    Dan Curtis, my friend and fellow Personal Historian in Victoria, BC, recently penned this excellent blog posting on determining the costs of a personal history. This article tackles head-on, the perceived discrepancies of pricing when shopping for a historian. From the...

    Read more  ●  Monday, July 13th, 2009

  • Lily Koppel’s “The Red Leather Diary”

    If you follow me on any of the social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, then you know a couple of weeks ago I spent the week in Valley Forge Pennsylvania at the Association of Personal Historians annual conference. It was an amazing five days (plus I tacked ...

    Read more  ●  Friday, November 13th, 2009

  • Memory and Craft

    Flickr photo: josefnovak33 I was recently watching “Craft in America“, PBS’s excellent series covering the major influences that play a part in each artist’s craft. The particularly episode I watched was episode V – Process, that looked at...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

  • My Computer Nightmare Video Contest

    My partner and good friend Isabelle MacCrimmon has just entered Mozy’s video contest. The rules are to create a video of your worst computer nightmare that cannot exceed 1 minute in length. Considering she and her husband Keith are big fans of Indiana Jones (not t...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

  • My NPR “This I Believe” essay airs on KUHF radio

    Last fall I submitted an essay to the “This I Believe” program with National Public Radio. To my immense pleasure, it was chosen to be archived on the national website and to air locally in Houston. A few months ago I recorded the session with Paul Pendergr...

    Read more  ●  Friday, February 13th, 2009

  • October is Family History Month

    Flickr photo:Mwesigwa Today officially marks the first day of “Family History Month.” In 2003 the United States Senate officially recognized October as National Family History Month, a time “to encourage family history research, education, and the sha...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, October 1st, 2009

  • PBS – The Objects and Memory Project

    From The Objects and Memory Project web site: “The documentary film and educational initiative Objects and Memory is about how we respond to history while it is happening and how we tell our stories through the otherwise ordinary things in our homes and museums th...

    Read more  ●  Monday, September 14th, 2009

  • Photo Restoration Twists of Fate

    I am always mystified and intrigued by synchronicity and in my line of work, I hear some amazing stories. People reconnected after years of searching, letters found in floating bottles reunited with the the heirs of the intended recipient, people in casual conversation...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

  • Photo Sharing: Who Keeps Photos In Their Purse Anymore?

    These days, many of us take photos with our phones and send them to each other via email or post them online to various photo sharing websites such as Flickr and Twitpic. I’ve also got photos on my Facebook profile and there’s some video clips of me speakin...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, June 6th, 2009

  • Post-Production and Editing Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Flickr photo:mobilechina2007 Part 5 – Final installment in a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the third of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – production and filming....

    Read more  ●  Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

  • Pre-Production and Planning Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Flickr photo:Vanessa van Dyck Part 3 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the first of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – concepting / scriptwriting. This week, ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 30th, 2009

  • Production and Filming Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Part 4 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the second of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – pre-production and planning. This week, we will talk about phase three &#...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, April 15th, 2009