family archives

How to Save Your Life

How to Save Your Life

As you reflect on your life, what moments or thoughts would you like to save? What about some of your family members? Wouldn’t you like to record their opinions on their lives?

Open-ending questions about people’s life experiences yield surprising results. Use these questions to record your thoughts, or start a conversation with a relative. When possible, record the interview on audio or video.

An Interview on The Life Story Coach Podcast

An Interview on The Life Story Coach Podcast

I was recently interviewed on The Life Story Coach podcast about my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs

Hosted by Amy Woods Butler, a personal historian and life story writer, The Life Story Coach helps listeners build careers as professional writers of personal and family histories.

Facebook Live: Purchasing Archival Materials

Facebook Live: Purchasing Archival Materials

In this session, we'll be discussing what to look for to rehouse your precious family treasures. The preservation of your collections is significantly advanced with the help of stable enclosures. Once you have your selection of acid-free, lignin-free, pH neutral boxes, folders, tissues, and more, you can ensure the safest storage possible for your most valued items. 

An Interview on Genealogy Happy Hour

An Interview on Genealogy Happy Hour

I was recently interviewed on the Genealogy Happy Hour podcast about my book, Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and PhotographsConsidering that I just got back from a red eye flight from Portland, Oregon for the annual conference of the Society of American Archivists, I think I did pretty good!

What Does "Archival Quality" Mean?

What Does "Archival Quality" Mean?

When you are creating your family archives, you will most likely have to rehouse your family treasures in suitable storage containers, such as folders, enclosures, and boxes. These items are often described as “archival” or “archival quality” by their manufacturers, but these terms convey no specifics about their preservation use.

Autographed Copies of Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs

Autographed Copies of Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs

I am grateful to everyone who buys a copy of Creating Family Archives: How to Preserve Your Papers and Photographs and honored that some people want copies that are signed or have inscriptions. I offer this option for readers who prefer a personal touch over an online transaction.

Jumpstart Your Family Archives Project with a Free Download

Jumpstart Your Family Archives Project with a Free Download

Many of us organize a lifelong collection of personal papers and photos either when we have free time, such as in retirement, or when we have to deal with the belongings of a someone who has passed away. Often the project seems daunting because we don’t know where to begin.

Once you jump over that mental hurdle, you will be amazed at what you discover.