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by April Bell
Family Stories | Legacy Video

Family Stories | Legacy Video

Why Create A Legacy Video?Saving Family Stories With a Legacy Video What if I told you that you could change a child’s life by sharing your family stories in a legacy video? Would you move into action? Would it inspire you to begin documenting  your own life, plus...

Listening Is A Gift

Listening Is A Gift

To Listen ~ A Magical GiftListening; Your Greatest Gift! In a recent TEDTalk,  StoryCorps founder David Isay noted, “Every day, people come up to me and say, I wish I had interviewed my father or my grandmother or my brother. But I waited too long. Now no one has to...

Ancestor Effect | Family History

Ancestor Effect | Family History

the Ancestor effectWhy Your Stories Matter “So even if we don’t perceive to like our ancestors, thinking about them still leads to a mental state that boosts intellectual performance and decision-making.” I just read this most fascinating article about the value of...

Ethical Will Video

Ethical Will Video

ethical will videoThe Ethical Will Video App An Ethical Will Video allows you to pass on and share your values, beliefs, life lessons and hopes. Easily create and share an Ethical Will Video using StoryCatcher’s great questions to ask in the “Legacy” theme. Tap...

Childhood Amnesia

Childhood Amnesia

forgotten childhoodA Loving Gift to Your Child’s Future Self Haven’t you, like me, wondered why most of us don’t remember anything prior to age 3? Well, it turns out, we DO have memories prior to age 3, however, those memories are almost completely forgotten somewhere...

Father’s Day Stories

Father’s Day Stories

CAPTURE Father's Day STORIES ON VIDEOTake time to ask, before it’s too late… This post is inspired by Tech Columnist Jefferson Graham's story published in USA TODAY on capturing some precious Father's Day Stories in the nick of time: Voices: Talk to Dad on video for...

Legacy Storytelling

Legacy Storytelling

Legacy Storytelling: Your Most important giftYou Matter This is for anyone who has held the honorable place in life of guiding another soul. It’s important to note, you don’t have to be a biological parent to hold that sort of importance in a child’s life ― no matter...

Family History Storytelling

Family History Storytelling

family history storytelling: How Valuable Are Your Loved Ones' Stories?Fostering Resilience in Children Family history storytelling? What if I told you there was a way you could contribute to the happiness and resilience of your children and their children? Would you...

An App Is Born!

An App Is Born!

the story of storycatcher®How the StoryCatcher® App came to exist Enjoy this video I created for you using StoryCatcher® for iPhone, the video storytelling app that prompts you with family history questions. Don’t miss some of the user reviews posted below! ★★★★★  “A...

by APRIL BELL

by APRIL BELL

Personal Historian | Video Producer

April Bell has been capturing people’s life stories in The San Francisco Bay Area and across the U.S. since 2008. Her work has been written about in WIRED,  The New York Times, USA Today, and elsewhere. She is proud co-creator of StoryCatcher® for iOS.

Learn more about her personal storytelling work at TreeOfLifeLegacies.com.

“StoryCatcher® is a wonderful development in the evolution of how we record, structure, and save [video] histories.”

Liz Massey, Professional Oral Historian

"StoryCatcher® is more than a home movie and more than just a slide show. This app allows you to showcase small pieces of your ... life in high quality videos without having to know any of the skills of a video editor!"

Shannon Combs Bennet, The In-depth Genealogist

"Even iPhone apps are being used to create ethical wills. April Bell, who owns a video storytelling business called Tree of Life Legacies, codeveloped the ethical will app StoryCatcher® for iPhone use."

The New York Times, Story: Ethical Wills In The Tech Age