Voices and Images is here to help you write, and publish your own history and the histories of your parents or grandparents. Writing the history of your family is another important aspect of what we do to help you to better understand your past. Voices and Images will help you research, organize, write, and publish your family’s history.
These histories can be divided into two separate categories:
- Personal history or life stories – this history is an individual life story. It needs to include all the details small and large, that tell and describe the ups and downs of a life well lived. Your story/history is important to your descendants. They will treasure your story when you are gone. Be something more than a name and date on a pedigree chart.
- Family History – this history is a more traditional history. It can document your family and follow its journey from their ancestral origins to the present. Many wonderful stories can be gleaned from the past. Researching the places your family lived can provide you with insights into their lives.
Our expert staff can interview you and transcribe the audio interview, creating a narrative story that details your life history. We will scan your photos and insert them into your story to create a beautiful book that will be treasured for generations to come.
Voices and Images feels that everyone should have an intimate relationship with their ancestors. Many people have histories of a deceased relative, parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent or sometimes even an older relative. Without fail, these histories are treasured by those who have one. We have asked people with these histories how often they pull them off the shelf to look at or read them, and they do it on a regular basis.
It’s important to realize that in the majority of cases, the subject of these histories was not a famous or even an important person. However, they are important to their descendants. The descendants of these people truly value these books.
I hear so often, “I am not important” or “I have nothing important to say.” Then I ask them, “Aren’t you glad your great grandfather wrote his history even though he was not important or had nothing important to say.”
Don’t be selfish. Write your history and leave your descendants your memories!
No time like the present. Remember, It is never too early, but it’s always too late! Don’t let this responsibility to your descendants pass when you do! As you age, your memory can begin to fade and it becomes more and more difficult to recount your life and the details of it. Set a goal to get it written!
Mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather — the optimum age to write your history is in your 70s.
The beauty of writing your history or that of your family is that you can do it in your own home. We can help you on the phone, and in person. With the internet, research can be done at your desk and the world comes to you.