Thinking About Writing a Memoir or an Autobiography?

Whether you're thinking of writing your own memoir or autobiography, or just looking for ideas on ways to share your stories, your advice, or the history of your family, MemoirHelper.com is a great place to start. Our goal is to provide you with tips, tools, and resources to help you find the best way to accomplish your goals. The resources on ...  Read More

Writing About Family and Friends

In any life stories project, writing about family and friends can be one of the most challenging issues. Of course, you want the stories to be truthful and complete, but there are all sorts of worries and concerns that may arise when you start writing about your own family and friends. Here are some common concerns... Fear of making someone ...  Read More

Shadow Box of Memories

Last week I was visiting my parents and my Mom asked me to carry a few things from the garage to the basement. One of the items was a shadow box loaded with keepsakes that had belonged to my grandmother and my aunt. I had seen this box before and remembered there were other shadow boxes that my mother and other family members had put together ...  Read More

Digitize Your Slides

If you were born after 1980, the phrase "digitize your slides" may seem strange. Maybe you have never even seen or touched a photographic slide. However, for those of us a little older, digital cameras and smartphones were once the stuff of science fiction. Years ago, we actually had to wait sometimes weeks or months to see the images captured on ...  Read More

Quick & Easy! Digital Memories In Lieu of Baby Books and Scrapbooks

We all know how it usually goes. Parents start out wanting to record every moment of their child's journey. In the beginning, some parents keep those baby books up-to-date and the photos organized. Regardless of whether or not you were on top of those details at the beginning, if you're like most parents, life starts getting in the way. Baby books ...  Read More

How to Digitize Print Photos

No life stories project can be complete without photos, and for most of us, our old photos are in the form of prints or slides. In this post, we'll be discussing how to digitize print photos. Be sure to let us know in the comments below how you digitized your print photos! Option 1 - Scan Your Print Photos Scanning has long been the main ...  Read More

Life Stories in a Three-Ring Binder

One of the themes you may have noticed around here is that we want to encourage you to not only start your life stories project, but also to FINISH it. If you have made the effort to write it all down, don't let obstacles near the finish line set you back. If nothing else, print or copy your work on 3-hole punch paper and put it in a three-ring ...  Read More

Slide Viewers and Slide Sorters

Has it been awhile since you looked at those old slides? Why not get a slide viewer so you can choose the best ones to convert into a digital format. Here are a few we found on Amazon. Keep reading below to find out what to do with those slides once you find them... Note: This page has links to Amazon products and ScanDigital services. If you ...  Read More

4 Uses for a Home Inventory App

Here are 4 uses for a home inventory app. If you can think of other ideas, post your suggestions in the comment section at the bottom of this page. For INSURANCE PURPOSES in case something you own is damaged or destroyed To create a PERSONAL PROPERTY MEMORANDUM to bequeath tangible/personal property upon your death To PRESERVE THE ...  Read More

What To Do with My Old Letters and Greeting Cards

There's a box of "things" that I've been moving around for years and before that, it sat in my parent's basement. A storage room purge led me to open it up. Inside the box was a bag... a bag of old letters and greeting cards. The newest letter in this bag was 36 years old and some of the messages inside had been written 45 years ago. Before you ...  Read More

What Qualities Make a Good Memoir?

There is a wide range of topics and styles in memoir writing. So to answer the question "What qualities make a good memoir?",  I decided to read customer reviews on a bunch of memoirs on Amazon.  I noted adjectives that were commonly used throughout the reviews. It was actually surprising to find the same words and phrases used to describe wildly ...  Read More

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