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Local History

View Presentation Slides from Saving Family History Events
(in Microsoft Powerpoint format):

Capturing Memories in the Digital Age

Copying Memories: A short course in copying and preserving family photographs

Producing a Family Treasure: Using Microsoft PhotoStory 3 to create visual family history

Check out these useful links for your family history project:

STORYTELLING

www.storynet.org - Is an organization dedicated to advancing the art of storytelling - as a performing art, teaching aid, and cultural transformation process.  The member - driven organization offers direct services, publications and educational opportunities to individuals, local storytelling guilds and associations designed to improve the quality of storytelling.

www.storytelling.org - An Illinois community of storytellers and story listeners connecting generations, nurturing communities, and celebrating diversity...through story.

www.storycatcher.net -  Christina Baldwin’s website offers suggested ways to work with story as legacy, for story is really all we leave each other.. What has the most lasting value is the story of who we are, who we come from, and where we aspire to go .  Learn how to organize your personal narrative in order to remember, communicate, and assign meaning to events you wish to share with others.

www.lifebio.com - An interesting site about telling your story.  Beth Sanders is the author of the Memory Journal and helps people answer the question, "How do I write my life story?" Included is an opportunity to go online to record your story and have others in your family add to it.

INTERVIEWING/RECORDING

www.StoryCorps.net -  The mission of StoryCorps is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. This is accomplished by providing access both to the interview experience, the heart of StoryCorps, and to the content from these interviews as they are preserved and disseminated.   It tells people that their lives matter and they won’t be forgotten.  Visit StoryCorps for their Great Questions list to help you get started with your own story: http://www.storycorps.net/record-your-story/question-generator/list

www.loc.gov/vets - The Veteran’s History Project is similar to StoryCorps, but with the explicit intent to save interviews and first-hand accounts of U.S. veteran’s experiences, as well as civilians who were actively involved in supporting their efforts.

MEMOIRS/JOURNALING

www.memorypress.familylearn.com -   The iMemory Book™ is an online service is for people who want to write and/or collect their family stories and photographs via the Internet, upload them into a template, and have them inexpensively, digitally output in book form. The result is an iMemory Book™. (Payment for service required.)

www.modernmemoirs.com - This site provides complete support for memoir writers, story tellers, and narrators.  provides expert writing, editing, and publishing for memoir writers as well as non-writers who need professional writing assistance and other services. The company specializes in writing and publishing memoirs that are distinctive and reflect their subjects accurately.

www.writingthejourney.com - This site includes journal writing concepts, techniques, resources, and exercises.  A good first place to get started.

www.thejournalinghabit.com – A company with inexpensive e-books of journaling prompts to stimulate your thoughts and motivate you to consider a legacy preserved through writing about yourself and loved ones.

www.journalingprompts.com - Another site which provides stimulating journaling prompts to get you started.  As with other sites, they sell related book products.

WritersGuild1.Tripod.com -  Rockford Writer’s Guild is a local group that meets to share and encourage writing of all kinds.

PHOTOJOURNALING

www.picasa.google.com - Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you locate and organize all the photos on your computer, edit and add effects to your photos with a few simple clicks, and share your photos with others through email, prints, and on the web.  The site’s  Basic Fixes are buttons that make it fast and easy to crop, remove red eye, fix the contrast and color, and enhance your digital pictures. Picasa's 12 new visual effects can improve your old photos – and in seconds, not hours. Go sepia. Warmify. Make pictures pop with color or try austere black-and-white.

www.rockfordphotoclub.org - established in 1947 for the purpose of providing its members with the skills to improve their photography and to help them better appreciate photography as an art form. Membership is open to all who seek these objectives and who are interested in still photography using film or digital cameras.  The Rockford Photo Club generally holds it's meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month starting at 7PM. We meet in Classroom One on the first floor of the Riverfront Museum Park Building , 711 North Main Street in Rockford.

SCRAPBOOKING

www.scrapbooking.com - This top scrapbooking site offers creative ideas for mini-albums, calendars and scrapbooks in its features and departments sections. Also find product demos, newsletter subscriptions, forums, and online and retail scrapbook store directories.

www.scrapjazz.com - ”The scrapbooking megasite.” Here you’ll find layout ideas, articles on scrapbooking, reviews of adhesives, paper, and layout kits, and shopping opportunities. Also check out the community forums and monthly product spotlights.

scrapbooking.about.com - Essentials section guides you through getting started with scrapbooking, which supplies you’ll need, and how to create your first scrapbook page. In the articles and resources section you’ll find lists of scrapbooking conventions, product reviews, and suggestions on how to get your materials organized.

www.scrapbooking101.net - ”Your guide to the basics of scrapbooking.” Find definitions of common scrapbook terms, details on the basic supplies you’ll need, organizing photos, basic techniques, archived layouts of the month, and help with using patterned paper.

www.everything-about-scrapbooking.com - Scrapbooking for BEGINNERS. Easy to follow page layouts.

www.scraplink.com - Links categories include layouts, fonts, punching, stampers, suppliers, photo services, and magazines, to name a few. Once you click on a category, the links in that category will appear on the right side of the page.

www.scrapbook.com - “The center of the scrapbooking world.”  Visit the community center for tips, tricks, techniques, contests, and product reviews.  The resource center includes articles, quotes, poems, and other great ideas form other scrapbook enthusiasts.

www.scrapbookingtop50.com - Sift through a collection of 50 of the best scrapbooking-related sites on the web. You’ll find sites devoted to scrapbooking ideas, beginner’s guides, and scrapbooking merchandise.

www.webyfl.com - Your Family Legacy Family heritage scrapbooking and archival supplies to discover the past, capture the present, and preserve for the future.

www.webyfl.com - Your Family Legacy Family heritage scrapbooking and arcvhival supplies to discover the past, capture the present, and preserve the future.

www.lifebio.com - An interesting site about telling your story.  Beth Sanders is the author of the Memory Journal and helps people answer the question, "How do I write my life story?" Included is an opportunity to go online to record your story and have others in your family add to it.

www.simplescrapbooksmag.com - The helpful site contains short, informative videos.

www.cricut.com - Official website for Cricut digital die cutting machines. Page layouts and helpful tips are also included.  The Cherry Valley Library offers classes periodically on the use of this machine.

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