Safe and meaningful online video interviews for your life story family history film or book. Inspire the next generation with your stories.

Online Video Interviews With Personal Historian Cory Bretz

Gathering stories and information about ancestors through interviews can be easily done online using modern video conferencing apps. With just a basic internet connection the moving image and voice can be recorded in excellent quality with your smartphone, tablet, or computer webcam. Video recordings look great and can be up to 4K resolution, depending on the webcam of the person being interviewed.

Delaying interviews usually means losing stories and characters which can lead to project setbacks. By getting your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles interviewed as quickly as possible you can preserve the most precious stories and a first hand impression of the people you care about. 

Pre-Interview Consulting

Prior to the interview you'll receive a Life Story Questionnaire to complete and return in advance. You'll also get a list of tips to prepare for your video interview plus a list of customized questions. We'll do a quick phone or Zoom chat to answer your questions and plan the interview. 

Interview Questions

You'll receive an email with a link to our online browser-based interview platform. Our professional personal historian will help you feel relaxed and focused during your interview. We'll take at least one break partway through. Interviews are fun and enjoyable.  

Transcripts, Audio, & Video

After the video interview you'll receive a link to watch and download your unedited video and audio files. Plus you'll receive transcribed editable text for your book project or narration script. You can then put together your family history book or film or we can do it for you.

I had intended to write my memoirs but I just never got around to it. My children and grandchildren kept asking me to record the stories of my parents and my husband's family. My interviews with Cory were such a  relief because I was able to give my kids a movie about their family. 

Maxine S

Retired Administrator

I just loved my family history interviews with Cory Bretz. I felt safe, encouraged, and organized. Together I told the stories of my life and ancestors and also those of my late husband, Otto. It was so easy. 

Erica A

Grandmother & Knitting Instructor

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