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2007 African American Heritage Preservation Conference of Maryland

Understanding the Roots of Building Historically Black Communities2007 Maryland African American Heritage Preservation Conference
"Understanding the Roots of Building Historically Black Communities"
September 27-29, 2007
Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, Maryland 21702

Footnote.com to Digitize Records in Partnership with Allen County Public Library

Footnote.com and Allen County Public Library

Story of My Life

Story of My Life

Storyofmylife Silicon Valley, CA — Eravita, Inc announces the launch of storyofmylife.com to offer users a place to create a multi-media personal life Story that will be stored forever. A separate 501(c)(3) non-profit called the Story of My Life Foundation has also been established with the mission of keeping the stories maintained and accessible in perpetuity, updating files as technology changes, and issuing grants to go out and capture Stories of those otherwise without access to do so.

"When I saw how much family memorabilia was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, I was inspired to create an online site for safely and conveniently keeping family histories," said Patrick Tardif, founder and CEO of Eravita, Inc. "The Story of My Life site allows us to contribute to the burgeoning genealogy movement by preserving anyone’s life story for posterity."

"Our goal is to get a Story about every single person both living and deceased. We want to create the largest online collection of life Stories in the world, and preserve them – forever," says Victoria Backer, President of the Story of My Life Foundation.

Stories posted include people’s backgrounds, hopes, dreams, family history and other details. Stories of different family members are linked together so that users will be able to read them for generations without worry of them being lost, destroyed, or erased. In order to alleviate fears of spilling family secrets, stories and files can be private or released in the future by placing them in "time capsules."

Storyofmylife.com users create private networks for families who want to share stories, pictures, videos, and keep in touch, for those to whom leaving their legacy is important and for boomers who are reaching retirement and becoming interested in genealogy and recording stories.

The site remains free to use so long as there is activity on the account. Once an account has gone six months without activity the system begins attempting to contact the user or guardian that the person has assigned to manage the account. For $1 per megabyte, the user or guardian can opt to move the story into a permanent archive called "Forever Space." The Story of My Life Foundation receives a portion of all Forever Space purchases. These proceeds go into an endowment fund that provides funding to cover storage costs in perpetuity.

USF Africana Heritage Project and WeRelate.org to Collaborate on Groundbreaking Slave Genealogy Research

U. S. Africana Project Collaboration

Hopkins, Morgan to collaborate with ‘AFRO’

Afro-American – Johns Hopkins University – Morgan State University Collaboration