APH Weekly Blog Roundup: Poems and Exclusivity

Are there poems from your childhood or young adulthood that are embedded in your memory? Have you looked back and reflected on the small moments in life that have had a profound effect on you? If so, you are in for a treat with this week’s blog postings.... read more

Where Will All the Stories Go? Part 2

Recently at a networking meeting, a woman mentioned that an album created for a deceased loved one was put into the casket—for safe keeping. That was a new one for me.    Before printing, before virtual communication, stories were kept alive orally.... read more

Where Will All the Stories Go?

When I was considering this post, I recalled an article with the same title that I had clipped many years ago. The article, from the March 2015 issue of Parabola, was a conversation between writer P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins) and Laurens van der Post,... read more

Preserving Old Black Paper Photo Albums

As a Certified Archives Manager, I get a lot of questions about the best way to preserve old family items. Recently, Steven from Florida posted a question on my blog about what to do with an old family photo album, one of those black paper photo albums that... read more

What Is Your Family Origin Story?

“Where did you grow up?” That’s a common question in New England, where I live. The expectation, at least in my town, is that you likely grew up here, or in a nearby town. I’ve grown to anticipate the surprise on the person’s face when I... read more

Things That Matter: The Secret of the Silver Cup

The ornate silver cup had been handed down to my husband at his birth, inscribed with his name and birthdate. When our son was born, we added his name and date of birth. But the baby cup had a previous owner. The original inscription had always puzzled us: etched... read more

Online Personal History Grows When It Gets Personal

The popularity of TV programs like Finding Your Roots, Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow proves there is broad interest in family history. Is it time for technology to play a starring role? It seems like an idea whose time has come: the Cloud-based... read more

Questions I Wish I Could Ask My Great Grandparents

My great grandfather, Captain William John Spells, Master Mariner, was born in 1858 at Port Adelaide, a mere twenty years after South Australia was founded. Like his father before him, with saltwater in his veins, Will worked as a cabin boy for his father, Captain... read more

Connecting Generations Through Football

Do you ever think about what you would include in your life story? If you were to share your story with someone in only a couple of hours, what would you include? Would you include your likes and dislikes? Your travel adventures? Your hobbies? Stories about starting a... read more
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