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The Elevator Pitch

For people who wish to preserve their family history the family immortality kit is a online service that simplifies the task of researching family history with the people who created it in the first place. Unlike the traditional, interview approach to compiling a biography our product addresses the fact that family dynamics, lack of time or even tragedy can prevent facts ever being discussed in the normal course of family interactions. It delivers targeted questions in a friendly format and creates a permanent, beautiful record.

The Idea

The reality is - we all die and whether we like it or not along with us goes our memories.

Unless we have consciously documented or shared our life experiences with family or friends, those that follow could know very little about our history. Sometimes family dynamics, lack of time or tragedy can prevent things ever being discussed in the normal course of family interactions.

What if there was a simple, unobtrusive way to ask all the right questions in order to capture more about your family history?

Immortality can be achieved through a series of targeted, free-form and multiple-choice questions that relatives answer as best they can. Photos and other digital media can be uploaded and relatives can leave place-holders for other people to add information for them. Links can be sent to other relatives or friends asking for contributions.

With a choice of stylish print layouts, the information is beautifully published as a soft or hardcopy book, immortalising your family forever

I thought of this idea when I was...

Whilst watching my parents slowly growing older and realising that I know nowhere near as much as I want to about their personal and professional lives before I was born (or old enough to know what was going on).

Now that I have a young son, I also want to be able to pass down as much family history as I can to him and gathering all the relevant information is not an easy thing to do.

Having some means of facilitating what questions to ask, being able to easily ask these and then automatically stitching these together into a family biography would be a beautiful thing.

Comments Posted

JET_KIRK Posted: February 28, 2007, 3:47 am

Sounds like a reasonable BOLT ON for a Geneology Web Site to expand their appeal.
I am sure that people with deceased relatives would love to know what their first pet was called and who they had a crush on at High School and what was their secret ambition.
I suppose bits could be logged and kept secret until a subscriber has actually died - to prevent embarrassment to themaelves whilst alive or promote embarrassment to their surviving relatives when they die!

CHECK OUT MY IDEA @ http://www.cambrianh...er/ideas-id/EmAM4rv/

siddey Posted: March 2, 2007, 4:04 am

Hi Jet_Kirk - Yes, I believe it's definitely something that could be a bolt-on for a range of geneology based websites but equally could stand on its own.

As it makes for a nice family gift, this could be that "something different" for the family Xmas this year.

vanhees Posted: June 8, 2007, 6:41 am

Your idea has a lot of elements in common with “virtual immortality” by downunder and my own idea “child diary”. Maybe we can combine the ideas.
I thinks the idea is good, although you must focus on the moneymaking part. I did that in “Child diary” which by the way is in this weeks voting round.
Loads of success!

siddey Posted: June 8, 2007, 7:25 am

Vanhees - thanks for the feedback. Yes, the family focus is certainly growing in recent months on CH. Let's talk more about collaborating.

There are two key objectives with this service;

1. Make the journey enjoyable
2. Deliver a professional, personalised, informative item of value

I hope that by building a rewarding means of capturing information about people and delivering the end result in ways that both look good but also means so much to people, it is a service worth paying for.

fossiloflife Posted: June 11, 2007, 1:58 am

man i dont remember ...but i guess i had come across somethin lik this somewere!

siddey Posted: June 11, 2007, 4:02 am

Hi Fossilolife - In my search for pre-existing businesses I did come across a handful of websites that will put together a biography for you but it is entirely manual (they carry out one-on-one interviews) and then compile and edit the end result by hand. These services appear to cost between US$500 - $1500 for the initial service and then around US$50 - $100 per copy.

I am proposing that by automating the interview process through a web application (and making it fun to use), the cost to the person is a lot less. Ideally it would save them the $500 - $1500 and charge only for the cost to print plus a mark-up.

Clearly this would then be a volume dependant business which could be serviced by advertising on existing family portals around the web.

I have found only one online service that aims to build an online journal of family history. The information they capture is in-line with a subset of what I would like to develop, except that they do not have the ability to compile this into a book and print it because the information they capture is loosely structured and more suited for viewing as a website.

So far I have not seen any site that delivers an intelligent series of questions that is then able to build a biography in book format. As a result, there is also nothing available that offers different design templates for people to choose from (the manual biography sites offer a one-size-fits-all format).

There is a fair amount of intellectual property associated with developing the intelligent question process that will result in the site being able to build a biography. I am already party way through defining these rules and will aim to put together a skeleton prototype in the coming months.

fossiloflife Posted: June 11, 2007, 10:29 pm

hmmm...okays all the best man !

siddey Posted: June 12, 2007, 4:17 am

Thanks Fossil.

Rich2809 Posted: November 6, 2007, 5:28 am

Would you be interested in producing hard copy. I am working on very low volume print business


Rich2809 Posted: November 6, 2007, 5:30 am

The books can be edited on line and will make great presents.

bhanu Posted: December 15, 2007, 9:20 pm

You are absolutly right, so before i die I will make my own website and tell the whole orld about it


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