New Online Service Helps Capture Family Stories Before they Disappear

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About Ourselves.com makes it easy to interview family members and preserve their stories forever.

My sister and I get an email almost everyday from our Mom telling us something about her life that we never knew. I am talking to my mom and sister more often…it's really brought us closer as a family

About Ourselves.com has launched its beta service making it easy to capture family histories without needing writing skills or publishing experience. The online service helps overcome the anxiety many people experience about loosing valuable family stories and history as their parents or loved ones age. With AboutOurselves.com, these memories are easily shared and preserved for future generations.

"It takes experience, skill, and time to interview, record, and publish an oral history. Most of us don't have the skills or the time necessary to elicit memories from aging loved ones", says founder Mike Wilson. Who, after spending several months interviewing and writing his grandfather's autobiography wanted to find an easier way for others to do the same.

AboutOurselves.com can be used by anyone with an email account, capturing life stories one email at a time. In addition to the ease at which stories are captured, they can be readily shared with other family members and friends during the interview process.

"My sister and I get an email almost everyday from our Mom telling us something about her life that we never knew. I am talking to my mom and sister more often…it's really brought us closer as a family", says Barbara Leslie, who stumbled upon the site during an Internet search.

AboutOurselves.com takes the concept of genealogy to a more personal level while creating an online archive of family histories that are easily shared and published. The Company charges a minimal monthly subscription during the "capture" phase where loved ones are actively responding to questions. This period is usually several months or longer. After that, users pay an annual "archive" fee to ensure the records are stored in perpetuity or users can opt to receive a CD-ROM or other electronic medium for safe keeping. About Ourselves.com will never delete historical records and plans to keep them archived and available to users that re-subscribe later. This means that even if someone does not pay the annual archive fee, they will be able to come back and regain access at anytime for a minimal re-start cost.

The Company will be expanding the service in the next few months to include more publishing options, including partnering with companies that come to your home and digitize family photos and other important documents for safe keeping or to supplement family histories. Finally, the Company will offer audio options where users and loved ones can ask interview questions via recorded message and loved ones respond via phone message.

About Ourselves.com (http://www.aboutourselves.com) provides an online subscription service designed to make it easy for everyone to capture family stories automatically and share them via email and web applications. Customers benefit from easy to use, flexible tools for publishing and arranging stories and pictures to create family heirloom documents as well as a way to preserve and share personal histories for future generations.

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Mike Wilson
Phone: 510 985 1644
[email protected]

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