Choosing the Right Personal Historian
Every personal historian offers a unique combination of skills and personality. To find the right one for you, we suggest the following:
- Use the Find a Personal Historian search to create a list of people who do the type of work you need.
- Call and talk with them about their work experience and about your project. The call will help you get a sense of whether you will get along well and if the person has the skills you need. The personal historian may suggest options that you haven't thought of.
- If you aren't sure what you want, call the personal historians whose work interests you the most. A phone chat may give you new ideas and a direction for your project.
- Narrow your list to the top candidates, then ask for references and samples of their work.
- Discuss how the work will be shared between you and the personal historian.
- Create a timeline for when processes and products will be completed and have a written agreement that outlines the scope of the project, fees and payments, and how any changes in the scope of work will be handled.