Website Resources for Family Historians

·         Cute PDF.com. Download free software so you can share a document without anyone else modifying it. www.cutePDF.com Use it like another printer, then provide the name and location for the file to save.

·         Cyndi’s List.com. More than 200,000 website links to help with genealogy and family history: http://cyndislist.com/

·         DrWicked.com. This is a simple-to-use website that can help when you want to really concentrate on a writing exercise: www.lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html. Plug in either the number of minutes or words you are doing, then hit the “Write!” button. If you think for too long instead of typing on the keyboard, it prods you with a reminder to keep on writing. When you are finished with the exercise, make sure you save your story as a file so you can open it in Microsoft Word or another word processor.

·         Smithsonian Institute. This booklet explains how to get started with interviews, sample questions and additional resources. http://Folklife.SI.edu/Resources/pdf/InterviewingGuide.pdf

·         Story of My Life.com. Free private website to accumulate all your family stories from friends and family and invite participation from around the world.  www.storyofmylife.com

 

·         About.com Genealogy website has a list of 50 questions to help on interviews. http://genealogy.about.com/cs/oralhistory/a/interview.htm

·         Ancestry.com. This website says, “Feel free to print and distribute.” A Script for Video or Audio Interviews with Family Members: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lineage/famhist.htm

·         Association of Personal Historians (APH), which offers an anthology of personal stories: http://www.personalhistorians.org/ Their website offers many free resources for non-members.