Newsletter Announcements
Sign Up

Click to sign up for free e-mail notification of newsletters. Click here to receive e-mail notifications when new newsletters are released.
About Newsletters
You may save a newsletter for reference and viewing. Please share newsletters with others. Newsletters are in PDF format. Sign up for newsletter announcements to be notified whenever a newsletter has been released. Click here to learn more about my newsletter and why I write them.
Be sure to refresh your browser to see the latest newsletter announcement. YouTube | Pinterest | Home | Webinars | Facebook  About


 

The perfect story to share with your family on Christmas.


The Christmas Angle. My mother shared this story with me many years ago and claimed it was true. She received a printed copy of the story from the granddaughter of person who had a special Christmas experience during the early 1900's.

Be sure to read the following newsletter (Sharing, Recording and Preserving Family Stories) so you will be prepared to record the special stories shared around the Christmas table.

Merry Christmas from all of us at LifeStory Productions!

 

Click here to view / Download the Christmas Letter

 

Just in time for Christmas

 
Sharing, Recording, and Preserving Family Stories

People naturally share stories and experiences whenever they get together. Christmas, Thanksgiving, and special occasions make it possible for us to “catch up’ on the current events in the lives of our children, relatives and friends.

This newsletter provides ideas to help you stimulate, record, and preserve stories that are spontaneously shared at special occasions.


Click here to view / Download the Newsletter
 Fly Me to the Farm!

Did someone in your family homestead a 160 acres of ground during the late 1800’s or early 1900’s? There is a simple and free way to find out.

Even better, you can use Google Earth to fly to the farm your grandpa or great grandpa homesteaded.

This newsletter will show you how.


Click here to view / Download the Newsletter



Click here to watch the 'How To' movie.

Your (Reverse) Bucket List

Create and share an interactive bucket list containing the treasures, photos, maps and history you’ve documented traveling along the path of life.


Sharing a bucket list provides the perfect opportunity to invite your children and grandchildren on a journey of discovery. Your path will guide them to your treasures while introducing them to the legacy and adventures of their ancestors.

Just think how interesting it would be for your family to follow a GPS map leading them to a desolate place aptly named, Rattlesnake Pass, Wyoming. They will see, hear and smell what their great, great grandparents experienced as they traveled across the Plains on foot.

Capture the curiosity and attention of a teenager by e-mailing a photo to their smart phone. Included will be the GPS coordinates and a brief description enticing them to become engaged by checking it out on the Internet.


Click here to view / Download the Newsletter

 Newsletter Categories        Share    Technology   Basics  GPS    Preserve

= Favorites     Click on a blue link to view or save the newsletter.



Share

Technology


Jump Start

New !   Jump Start! in PDF

Get your family started and interested.
Click here to watch the webinar

This newsletter will help you:

  • Learn How to Get Others Interested and Involved
  • Add a Little Sugar to Family History
  • Visualize Storybook Pages Before / After
  • Get and Give a Hand Up
  • Share and Receive
  • Use a Family Cloud
  • Heal Strained Relationships
  • Refer others to our free software to get them started.
Slideshow Storytelling!

Many of you are struggling to determine the best way to share your history. Coming up with the time and money to print, bind and mail your history may be an impossible dream. Deciding where to start can seem frustrating and confusing. Writing may seem overwhelming and take too long. Sharing stories via a slideshow may be the place to start and perfect solution. Slide shows are fun and inexpensive to share. Added 4/7/2012

Second Chances!

December 14th could have become the final entry in my life history. I was given a second chance to learn from my mistakes and a desire to strengthen my family relationships. This newsletter chronicles the events of December 14 - 23, 2011. Some recommendations are offered to help you avoid my mistakes (minefields). Added 1/13/2012
Begin With the End in Mind

It's important to have a definite end in mind to keep our efforts focused as we collect, organize and preserve family history. This newsletter provides ideas to help you present and share family history in meaningful and interesting ways. Added 11/23/2009

Sharing & Collecting

Sharing photos and information has always presented a difficult problem until now. Consider using PDFs to e-mail and put on family history web sites. This Newsletter shows you how to make a PDF. Added 03/05/2009

The Mystery of Grandma's Painting

A true story about how an old painting revealed some unknown history of my grandmother and explained how I acquired a 100 year old print.

This story may entice you to do some research into some of your old photos and antiques. Added 10/27/2009

Holiday Sharing on CD/DVD

Send the Family Newsletter on a  Self-Running Gift CD/DVD. Send a newsletter on a self-running gift CD/DVD. Imagine how exciting it will be for your children and grandchildren to hear your voice speaking directly to them even though you may be thousands of miles away in a different state or country. This newsletter will take you step-by-step.. I have included a strategy for you procrastinators to save your bacon because you always put this off to the last minute.
Added 11/11/2008

Creating and Sharing Holiday Memories

Special occasions provide an opportunity to remember and share priceless memories. Tips and suggestions will help you get ready and make the most of any important occasion.

Tenacity and the Field of Dreams

Never Give Up! Share Stories About Your Life and Family. Storytelling is an activity near and dear to us. We cherish the memory of stories our parents shared with us. We love stories about how they grew up and challenged their parents with teenage shenanigans. We gain strength listening to stories of trial and triumph surviving the Great Depression. Stories about our grandparents are still of great interest and curiosity to us. Children enjoy sitting at the feet of a grandparent to hear “stories of the olden days.” If you are a grandparent it’s now your privilege and duty to begin sharing your experiences and wisdom with your grandchildren. Added 10/16/2008

The Importance of Family Traditions

What Things Do You Value Most? The biggest holidays of year will soon be here. Be ready to make the most of them. Some ideas and ways to record and share your traditions. Added 10/14/200
8

The Search for the Missing Person

Finally! Solve the Big Mystery.
Who is the person missing from all your group photos? Added 3/11/2008

Family History Fun For All Ages

Learn some fun and easy ways to make family history interesting for the whole family.

Google's New Candid Camera

Smile! You and your home could be on Google’s candid camera any day now! The next time someone wants directions to your home – send them to Google maps so they can get the map, with directions and a photo.











Smart Phone Family History!

It's time to start working smarter and not harder with a smart phone! This newsletter will show you how to get your kids and grandkids to help you with family history while having some fun at the same time. Learn how you can use a tripod and how to get video and audio files from your phone. Added 6/9/2012

A Scanning Whirlwind

Learn how you can scan photos in seconds. Please make a commitment to rescue your old family photos since they have captured some priceless events and memories. The stories locked in your photos need to be liberated and shared with your children and posterity. Added 4/15/2011  

The BIG Screen Experience

Using Heritage Collector With Your New High Definition TV. A New Way to Make Family History Informative and Fun -
For ALL Ages. Added 12/20/2008

A Smart Phone  Daydream of a Genealogist

Soon I was learning about the electronic marvels of the new MyTouch 4G phone. I felt like Merlin but instead of using a magic wand, I was holding a cell phone wizard capable of producing a plethora of modern day miracles for a family historian. Added 3/26/2011

Sound Recording Tips for Notebook Computers

Combing sound with family history will dramatically enrich and personalize every story you share. The goal of this newsletter is to help you achieve quality sound reproduction using your computer. Added 3/23/2011

Double Trouble - Duplicates

We all worry about filling up our hard drives with duplicate images. This newsletter provides suggestions about finding and eliminating duplicate images. There are four suggestions starting from a simple suggestion while working toward a good deep cleaning if you are up to it. Added 1/05/2010

 Digital Photography in Family History

An Open Letter to You and Your Parents. Someday the photos you have taken will become a significant part of your family history. Learn more about your camera, how to take better photos, and some new features in digital cameras. Added 7/15/2008

Take it ALL With You in Your Pocket

Next time - Take All Your Photos and Collections With You
- But Leave Your Computer Home! Run Heritage Collector from an external drive just like you were using your home computer with all the same information and program functions.

Home Computer Repair -
Yes You Can!
Replacing a fan or CD/DVD writer may be easier than you think. I supply the steps I followed to replace a fan in my computer.

The Inkjet Money Pit

Your inkjet printer may be quietly eating you out of house and home. This newsletter provides some comparative information and recommendations for ways to save money the next time you print

Help Your Laptop Battery Last Longer

Most of us never take the battery out of our laptop and usually have the laptop plugged into the AC adapter. Find out how this shortens the life of your battery and what you can do to make the battery last longer.

Windows  7 An Evaluation

My report card and summary of experiences with the beta version of Windows 7.

This review is not technical, detailed or scientific. My goal was to see if I could install and use Windows 7 with my existing software and hardware. I had some pleasant surprises you will find interesting. Which is best for you? Windows 7, Vista or XP. Added 10/12/2009
You and Your Mouse

A Touching Experience! Make using your computer a little easier and more efficient without spending a ton of money. It's time to give your mouse a long overdue checkup and good cleaning. Consider the advantages of getting a new wireless laser mouse. Makes a great present for the holidays. This newsletter will be of special interest if you are purchasing a new big screen or plasma TV. Added 12/02/2008.

The Magnifier Mouse

Click a little button on your mouse and it will magically enlarge or magnify a portion of the screen. Makes it much easier to enlarge and view photos and documents or anything that is on your display. The only trick is getting the right mouse and I'll tell you how to do that.

You and Your Mouse

A Touching Experience! Make using your computer a little easier and more efficient without spending a ton of money. It's time to give your mouse a long overdue checkup and good cleaning. Consider the advantages of getting a new wireless laser mouse. Makes a great present for the holidays. This newsletter will be of special interest if you are purchasing a new big screen or plasma TV. Added 12/02/2008.

Monitor Cleaning Alert

Careful with that Windex! I ruined the anti-glare coating on my 19 inch monitor with just one little spay! It caused so much damage that I had started pricing a new monitor.  Thankfully, after a lot of experimenting, I was able to "refinish" the screen and continue using it. I'll tell you what I discovered and the "solution" was so easy you won't believe it.

 


Basics

GPS
Newsletter Storage and Organization

There are over thirty-five newsletters on this site. More newsletters are added each month. This Newsletter will help you learn how to manage your newsletters. Added 05/27/2009

 Getting Started

Determining
where to begin is the first step of getting started in any endeavor. You are not alone if you’ve become frustrated trying to determine the best place to begin organizing your photos. This newsletter will provide suggestions to help you get started. Added 04/04/2009

 Should You Write Your History?

It's time to start writing your personal history. This newsletter offers simple recommendations and ideas to help you get started. This is a true story of the author of a personal history that beat the odds.
Added 10/05/2009

Using Sound

Preserve the verbal personalities of your grandparents, parents, children and relatives. Narrating a slideshow adds interest and captures attention. Adding sound to Hotspots enables a photo to tell a story in the
words and voices of the people in the photo being viewed. Recording your narrative and the speech of others is a relatively simple and inexpensive process. This newsletter will help you get started and provide a basic understanding of how to use your computer to create, capture, and convert old tape recordings into computer sound files. I challenge you drag out the old tape recorder or get a new digital voice recorder and practice using it so you will be prepared to capture the special stories shared during the holidays. Added 10/25/2008

Scanning Preparation

Please take a minute before you jump into that pile of old photos and start scanning. Your old scanner has some tricks that will help you get better scans. Added 05/22/2009

Organize and Find Original Photos

Finally a simple way to organize and find all your original photos, paper documents, and files. After 10 years of struggling and mumbling with this impossible dream I just stumbled onto an unbelievably simple solution. I can now cross reference my paper photos with my digital photos and find a paper photo in just minutes.


Customer Support - Do's / Don'ts A Success Story

Some simple suggestions that will help have a better support experience. For example. Call early in the morning. You will spend less time on "eternal hold" and your chances of getting a knowledgeable tech are much better.

Storytelling With a Purpose

Share Stories About Your Life and Family. Storytelling is an activity near and dear to us. We cherish the memory of stories our parents shared with us. We love stories about how they grew up and challenged their parents with teenage shenanigans. We gain strength listening to stories of trial and triumph surviving the Great Depression. Stories about our grandparents are still of great interest and curiosity to us. Children enjoy sitting at the feet of a grandparent to hear “stories of the olden days.” If you are a grandparent it’s now your privilege and duty to begin sharing your experiences and wisdom with your grandchildren. Added 10/16/2008

GPS - Ultimate Toy For Big Kids!

(Fun - Pioneer Soda Pop)

Using a hand held or car GPS to find and catalog family history sites can be loads of fun and educational for the kids. Using a GPS is almost like going on a treasure hunt for adults. I share three GPS stories -  Finding my grandfather's dry farm, Grandpa's secret fishin' hole and how to find a springs where you can make an all natural pioneer soda drink that tastes just like 7-Up or Spite.
An experience my kids still remember and talk about

A Family History Vacation

You will find tips and suggestions in this newsletter to help you combine and include family history in your next vacation. Three stories are shared of our recent trips and adventures a
nd what we learned - good and bad!
Added 08/15/2009

A Family Geocache

Exploring, Traveling and Making a Geocache.

Introduce your children and grandchildren to a new high-tech treasure hunt that uses space age technology. It’s called Geocaching and it’s fun. Added 9/9/2008

Where in the World Is?

This is a fun newsletter. I think you will enjoy reading about a new device I’d recommend to record GPS coordinates and automatically put the coordinates into the photos you take. Don’t let the word “GPS” put you off if new technology challenges you. This is something you need to learn about and consider using. I’m glad I purchased this unit and I’ve had a lot of fun using it. In fact, I consider it part of my camera.

My past experiences with GPS and Google Earth helped me stumble into the concept of “regional geography” which may answer other questions and provide clues to the solution of many other family history mysteries. Added 06/30/2009

Where in the World Is? Part 2

Do You Have a Rock in Your Family History?

This newsletter will give you some new ideas about combining vacations and travel with family history. You will learn some fun ways to use GPS to get your family more interested and engaged in learning and traveling to special places.

We recently traveled to Independence Rock. I have written a brief history of my experience and what I learned to be shared with my children and grand kids. I decided to share this brief history so you could see how you might create something similar for your family and relatives. Added 07/25/2009

Speed Up Vista

You must read this if you are using a new laptop running Vista. This simple tip will show you how to make your laptop run much faster.



















 


Preserve & Backup

Photo & Info Survivability

Now and into the Future

This newsletter focuses on a very critical issue – making sure your photos and information survive into the future which could be next week or a hundred years from now. Suggestions and simple things you should do now. Added 11/14/2009

The Preservation Paradox

We've all worried about the best way to preserve and protect our family history. This newsletter will offer a simple and free way to preserve your family history. Added 02/17/2009

Converting Printed Pages Into Text Documents

Turn Printed Pages into Text. This newsletter will inform about helpful software that comes with most scanners. It’s called Optical Character Recognition or OCR.

BACKUP – Avert Disaster Before it Strikes YOU!

What’s that strange clicking noise coming from my hard drive ? ? ? Do you smell something funny over by the computer ? ? ? Why is it taking so long for my computer to boot up ? ? ? I knew I should have updated my virus program ? ? ? What’s this blue screen with a bunch of geek speak, computer codes and something about scanning my hard drive ? ? ?

Backup

Backup - The Sequel. Information to help you backup your family history photos and information

A Family History Time Capsule

Make your own time capsule for future generations to enjoy. We did a little home remodel project, took photos and then turned the story into a time capsule. You can take a sneak peak inside the sealed time capsule to experience our adventure.


 
Register

What's New

Tutorials
 

Storybook Blog 

HC Blog

Calendar

Purchase Information

 

The Dawn of a New Day in Family History
Home
Tutorials Storybook Blog Register Webinars New Events Facebook Support About Site Map Purchase Info
Helping Families Since 1994 © Copyright 2013 Heritage Collector and LifeStory Productions, Inc. Patented Software