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It’s been said that everyone has a story, but how many of us bother to record the stories in our families? With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to save and preserve our precious family memories online. Whether you want to document the important moments in your own life or remember the lives of your ancestors, here are some of the latest websites and apps to make storytelling a snap.
|HistoryLines||This free website creates a life sketch incorporating historical and cultural background for any ancestor on your family tree.||
||Customize your stories with memories, events and photos. Then share them on social media, embed them on your blog or print them to pass out at a family gathering.|
|Intent||This iOS app helps connect friends and family through video interviews taken on your smartphone or tablet. The free version includes 1GB of cloud storage. The premium version costs $4.99/month and offers 40GB of storage.||
||Use Talk About to share your own thoughts or feelings about important people in your life.|
|StoryPress||This free, simple storytelling app makes it easy for people to speak, save and share their stories via social media. StoryPress has been called “the Instagram of stories.”||
||Choose from a list of story guides or customize a story using the “blank” guide. You can save your story to come back to it later, or publish the story to your library.|
|StoryWorth||An online subscription service to preserve and share stories, this app won the grand prize at the 2015 RootsTech Innovator Showdown. Subscribe for a month for $12.99, or for a year for $6.49 per month.||
||Everything on StoryWorth is private by default and you have full control over who can see your family’s stories.|
|Treelines||Use your family tree as a starting point to create a timeline with this free online tool. Add memories, photographs, anecdotes and more.||
||For optimal impact, keep each of your pages short with just a few sentences; if you need to say more, start a new page.|
From the July/August 2015 Family Tree Magazine