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Personal Historian: Telling the Stories
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Telling the stories of our ancestors must go beyond the basics of names, dates, and places. We can use those pieces as a foundation but must, as a home builder does, add layers and stories to that foundation. This course will help you add a Personal Historian component to your business by demonstrating the many layers available. Those layers add depth to both personal and client projects and additional revenue streams to a business.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
• Note about Web Addresses
• Websites
 
Adding a Personal Historian Business Component
 
Pieces of the Personal Historian Puzzle
• History of a Personal Historian
• The Role
• Defining Personal History
• Forms of Personal Histories
• Importance of Personal Histories
 
Collaboration or Business Component?
• Scenario #1: Doing It Yourself
• Scenario #2: Collaboration
• Unsure What To Do?
 
Personal Historian Educational Opportunities
• Association of Personal Historians
• The Legacy Guide
• College Courses and Local Studios
• Networking
 
Personal Historian Income Stream
• Evaluate Business Practices and Skills
• Understand the Law
• Evaluate your Marketing and Public Relations Strategies
• Marketing Avenues
• Understand Psychology
 
Final Thoughts
 
Additional Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 2
Genealogy and Historical Research
Websites
Introduction
Genealogists and Personal Historians
Building the Foundation
 
Interviewing
• Step 1: Identify the Interviewee
• Step 2: Outline Goals & Create a Question List
• Step 3: Prepare for the Interview
• Step 4: Conduct the Interview
• Step 5: Transcribe the Interview
• Step 6: Prepare a Research Plan
 
Add Layers of Personal History
 
Add Layers of Social History
• Social History Topics to Explore
 
Add Layers of Historical Research
• The Scenario
• Corroborating Events and Supplementing Client Stories
• Step 1: Investigate the Place
• Step 2: Investigate the Laws and Welfare Available
• Step 3: Investigate the Family
• Step 4: Merge the Information and History
 
Outlining the Story
• Story Outline
• Questions to Answer
• Next Steps and Resources
• Resources
 
Final Thoughts
 
Additional Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 3
Communication, Oral History, and Writing
Websites
Introduction
 
Communication and Interviewing
• Step 1: Identify the Interviewee
• Step 2: Outline Goals & Create a Question List
• Step 3: Prepare for the Interview
• Step 4: Conduct the Interview
• Step 5: Transcribe the Interview
 
Additional Tips for Interviewing
Oral History Techniques
Oral History Programs, Archives, and Organizations
 
Transcribing the Oral History Interview
• Step 1: Listen to the Interview
• Step 2: Index the Interview
• Step 3: Transcribe the Interview
 
Writing & Editing the Oral History Interview
The Story as a Book
The Story Told Online
Final Thoughts
 
Additional Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 4
Audio, Visual, and Photographs
Websites
Introduction
Audio & Video Skills
 
Photo Skills
• Scanning and organization
• Digital Photo Books
• Traditional Photo Albums
 
Print Design and Publishing
Designing a Book
Book Contents
Design
 
Publishing Options
• Local Copy Shop
 
Final Thoughts
 

Module 5
Teaching and Public Speaking
Websites
Introduction
Educational Options
Learning from Mentors
 
Basics of Public Speaking and Teaching
• Know your audience
• Know your material
• Practice, Practice, Practice
• Be an authority and be persuasive
• Pay attention to the audience
• Prepare an engaging PowerPoint and handouts
 
Avenues of Public Speaking and Teaching
 
Biography Writing
• Lectures
• Workshops
 
Legacy Letters or Ethical Wills
• Lectures
• Workshops
 
Memoir Writing
• Lectures
• Workshops
 
Photographs and Albums
• Workshops
 
Consulting on Personal History
• Scenario
 
Final Thoughts
 
Additional Resources
• Books
• Courses
• Websites
 

Module 6
Additional Services
Websites
Required Reading
Introduction
 
Archiving, Preservation, Conservation
• Client Services
 
Education
 
Project Management and Consulting
• Assisting Professionals
• Assisting Client
 
Additional Niche Products and Services
• Ethical Wills or Legacy Letters
• Histories for Organizations
• Heirloom Cookbooks
• Quilts
• Pet Histories
• Personal Tributes
• Personal Tributes Example
 
Final Thoughts
 
Additional Resources
• Books
• Websites
 
 

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