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  • 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...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 2nd, 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...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 11th, 2009



  • Finding Home

    Flickr photo:jambo13 A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog by Keith Ferrazzi, marketing guru and well known author of Never Eat Alone, and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time. He had a poignant post, a tribute to his Aunt Rose, who had ...

    Read more  ●  Friday, December 21st, 2007



  • 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 b...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, July 23rd, 2009



  • From Nashville – It’s the lovin’ of the game

    I am writing this post from my hotel room in Franklin Tennessee, just outside Nashville, where I am attending the Association of Personal Historians annual conference. I’ve just wrapped up a whirlwind day of workshops, networking, video shares, personal...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, November 10th, 2007



  • From Nashville – Listen

    The theme of this year’s Association of Personal Historians conference is “Listen.” When I looked up the word listen in the dictionary, the main definition was “hear” although there was a footnote explainig that: “to listen...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, November 11th, 2007



  • Geni Family Tree

    My friend Ed Schipul just told me about this amazing website, Geni.com. Now I am totally addicted to it. What Geni is, is a family networking tool that allows you to create a family tree using an extremely simple web interface. When you set up your tree, you ...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, November 7th, 2007



  • Kronomy, Another New Social Media Tool

    I have been playing around with a new online application called Kronomy (this site is no longer available). I’m not really ready to show the world my creation on there but let me tell you a bit about it. There is a concept called collective consciousne...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, August 16th, 2008



  • Legacy Multimedia in the Houston Chronicle!

    Today is a pretty exciting day around here. My company, Legacy Multimedia, received a feature profile in the Houston Chronicle business section. I was on my vacation two weeks ago (which is why I’ve posted so infrequently over the past couple of weeks)...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, July 20th, 2008



  • More News on Geni.com

    Photo courtesy: geni.com I’ve mentioned Geni.com a few times in this blog. It’s one of my favorite social networking tools that enable its users to find and stay in touch with their relatives as they capture and share their family’s histor...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, July 27th, 2008



  • Muhammad Yunus and his Legacy on Poverty

    Flickr photo:U2005.com This past week I had the privilege of seeing Muhammad Yunus speak at a World Affairs Council of Houston luncheon. Yunus, of Bangladesh, is a 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and a 1999 recipient of the Indira Gandhi prize for pe...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 17th, 2008



  • 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. ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 30th, 2009



  • Putting the Pieces Together Again After Hurricane Ike

    It’s been a little over two weeks since Hurricane Ike slammed Houston. For awhile, we were all the press could talk about, and then real life happened and the county’s financial mess engulfed our 15 minutes of fame. With power still out in many a...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, September 30th, 2008



  • Social Media Presentation at The Association of Personal Historians 2009 Annual Conference

    Compfight Photo: fredcavazza I am going to be presenting a workshop on Social Media at the Association of Personal Historians 2009 Annual Conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia) October 21-25, 2009. If you’re not familiar wit...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, August 18th, 2009



  • Some Proud & Historic Moments this Inauguration Week

    I have to say that I could not be prouder of many things this week. Being present to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama Tuesday was truly an awe inspiring event. I tuned in periodically on my television and the internet live streams to catch little bi...

    Read more  ●  Friday, January 23rd, 2009



  • Sorting and Storing Digital Photos

    Flickr photo:BayCamera In previous posts I have talked about sorting and archiving old photos and how important it is to do that. But, I have actually been been daunted by the task of organizing my own digital images. Right now they sit on my hard drive, bac...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 26th, 2008



  • The Generation Network’s MyFamily.com

    There are several family networking sites available online these days, competing for your business. I’ve already discussed my personal favorite, Geni.com in several posts. A friend of mine recently told me about MyFamily.com. Over the past five years o...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, August 31st, 2008



  • The Power of Social Media

    Flickr photo: shohei?? Last weekend my husband and I dropped into Guitar Center to do some window shopping. My husband has been looking for the ‘right’ guitar for close to a year now and usually he plinks around for 15 minutes and then we leave. ...

    Read more  ●  Friday, July 25th, 2008



  • The Three Dynamics of Personal Histories

    Flickr photo: Kingsnake Since October is Family History Month, I was already thinking about this subject for a new blog article when a Canadian writer and film producer named Robb Lucy asked that I make a contribution to his new book. Scheduled for publicati...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, October 7th, 2008



  • Thinking of Doing it Yourself – Redux

    A couple days ago, my friend and client Jay Steinfeld, CEO and founder of Blinds.com posted a “tweet” on Twitter (Jay is @BlindscomCEO) that read: “If you think hiring an expert is expensive, just try an amateur!” I found myself laughi...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, May 20th, 2009