Do you want to give them a Christmas present this year, that they’ll really cherish?

Simple. Book a Life Story Recording for yourself, a parent or a grandparent.

Life Story Recording assists you in preserving your biography in audio form.

Here is a video detailing the process –

Fantastic week recording Sheila Foster – she has led such a diverse and full life and continues to do so, ticking off her lengthy bucket list with gusto! It was a privilege to record her life.

Posted by Life Story On The Road on Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The process is straightforward and pleasurable and the result is life-affirming and everlasting.

Life Story Recording Presentation Box

Your family will possess the recording forever. It will be a priceless addition to family photographs and videos for generations to come.

Digital recording is inside

Prices start at 350 Euro.

If you are interested please send me an e-mail on –

russell@lifestoryrecording.com

Or please Call/Text me on –

087 – 2825424

Here is a recent review from the magnificent Brendon Colvert –

“I am very fortunate that my daughter, Brenda, introduced me to Russell and thereby it became possible to record significant details of my long life. Memory recalls treasured moments and induces nostalgic emotions; Russell has recorded the details in entertaining, chronological sequences; it enables me to discuss highlights of my career, family triumphs, adventures or treasured memories. Russell ‘s interviews are pleasant, his zealous research inspires confidence and his presentation is subtle and very artistic. I have pleasure in commending his work.”

The magnificent Brendon Colvert

Thanks,

Russell, Life Story Recording

PS – NINE REASONS TO BOOK A LIFE STORY RECORDING TODAY

  1. The first five bookings receive a free face to face consultation.
  2. You will possess a most valuable family heirloom. Your family will cherish this gift for generations to come.
  3. You don’t need to be concerned whether your stories are ‘interesting’ enough. Your children and grandchildren will cherish possessing your life story and hearing your voice, in your accent, relating your life.
  4. Any number of people can sit in on the recording.
  5. You will receive an original poem inspired by your recording.
  6. You can hand out the recordings to all of your family members as presents.
  7. The process of recording your life story possesses scientifically proven benefits to health and well being.
  8. You will not be nervous, believe me, everyone thoroughly enjoys the process and the results of the recording.
  9. You only have to talk about what you are comfortable talking about and you will have full control over the content of the final recording.

BACKGROUND

When I tell people that I’m a personal historian, sometimes I hear “A what?” or “Are you a genealogist?” I reply, “Genealogy and personal history are related fields,” and then I explain, that I help people tell their life stories and preserve the recordings for their families and future generations. Immediately, they’re telling me about a relative who really should do their memoirs. Or sadly, about a relative who just passed away and used to tell great stories but no one got a chance to write them down and now they are gone forever.

That is how I became a personal historian. I was working as an archivist when my father asked me would I record my grandmother. Over the course of three consecutive Saturdays we recorded over 4 hours of material, the response across our family was astounding. I received countless calls, cards, letters and e-mails thanking me for preserving a wonderful life in its entirety that would otherwise have been lost. I had long before realized that all people’s lives are so rich to them and their families and future generations but with the massive reaction that I received from my own family, I decided to become a Personal Historian to assist people in ensuring that their families’ stories are not lost. When you think about it, why should it only be famous people who record their lives? How many times have you heard someone say – ‘I wish we had recorded all their stories that they used to tell’.

What does a personal historian do? A personal historian steps into other people’s lives for a brief, intense time, asking questions about their background, ancestors, events and experiences that shaped their lives, relationships, foibles, struggles, accomplishments – whatever memories, thoughts, feelings and reflections they wish to talk about and have preserved. In a typical project, I guide a person through the telling of their life’s stories (or some aspect of their life) for a number of hours, record the interviews and organise, edit and preserve the recordings into a polished narrative and write an accompanying poem inspired by the person’s life.

Growing Trend in Personal History

In the past ten years, interest in memoirs, genealogy and family history has exploded. Memoirs consistently dominate the bestseller list and not just those written by celebrities (or their ghostwriters). Historically, writing one’s reminiscences was reserved for the elite; stories of everyday people were largely lost. Today, there is a groundswell of memoir recording, genealogy is said to be one of the fastest growing pastimes. Sites, like Ancestry.com have hundreds of thousands of members and television programmes like Who Do You Think You Are have millions of viewers.

With technology changing our world so rapidly, we are realizing that we need to capture the old ways before everyone forgets what they were like. We’re honoring the past like never before and are hungry for firsthand accounts of people who were there and who themselves are living history. Our stories are being preserved in hundreds of institutions, museums and archives; and produced in documentaries, movies, television programmes and books.

Storytelling is in our souls. For thousands of years, the elders of a family or society have used stories to teach, entertain, pass along wisdom, explain the world, share joy and heartache, and preserve the history of the society. In the modern world, we are in danger of losing the passing along of wisdom and experiences from generations. But most people want to document their lives somehow but never get around to it, simply because it is so overwhelming. I can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to save their stories, because almost everyone can talk. Telling as opposed to writing, is a natural, easy-flowing way to express oneself. At the best of times, it’s nothing less than a spiritual experience, emotions often run high, on both sides. It is no accident that the surge in interest in family history has accompanied a more holistic approach to life. Studies and surveys are proving that life review and reminiscence is great for health and well-being. Telling your life story, found Robert Butler, a Pulitzer-prize winning author renowned for his studies of healthy aging, has definite benefits; I have witnessed this firsthand as my clients report a sense of completion and newfound peace and contentment. The process of telling your life story is usually extremely satisfying for the narrator.

Is this for you?

Yes! One of main objections people have “My life is not interesting enough.” That is not true, there is no such thing as a boring life. A Life Story Recording is an incredible gift both to the narrator and their families. All families have a box of memories that maps their history – this is ordinarily in the form of photographs, family trees and heirlooms – all things that would be the first thing that you would rescue from a burning house. A Life Story Recording is a remarkable addition to the family history – hearing the person’s voice, accent, cadence, laugh – recounting their life in its entirety and from their perspective. It is an affordable option for ensuring that there is no regret that their stories will not be lost.

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