During the class periods, exhibit halls at conferences can be pretty quiet – if not dead. That’s when the exhibitors themselves get to visit. This was the case at the California Family History Expo a couple weeks ago. One of the booths near my Family Roots Publishing booth was the ArchivaLife exhibit, manned by Bill Burch himself. He’s the man behind the idea of the ArchivaLife product, and a very interesting guy. A while back he came up with this idea which allows users to record events on a timeline – and then write about the events in as much detail as they like. This record is then combined with photographs, and documents and stored in a beautiful leather case – for generations to come.

I would bet that anyone who purchases Bill’s system, and records their memories, as well as pictures and such had better be very specific when they make out their will as to who may be chosen to receive the Archivalife. Otherwise there’s sure to be a big family fight.

I ran across the following news release at PRNewswire last night, and am including it in this blog, along with a photo I took at the Family History Expo of Bill in his booth.

ArchivaLife's Bill Burch in his booth at the 2009 California Family History Expo. SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ - Everyone has an interesting life story. But not everyone has the ability to write a memoir. That’s where ArchivaLife comes in. ArchivaLife(TM) (www.ArchivaLife.com), the creation of San Diego entrepreneur, Bill Burch, provides a way for genealogists, memoir writers, scrapbook enthusiasts, seniors, parents and grandparents – anyone who wants to capture personal or family history for future generations – to record a life story.

ArchivaLife is unlike other products because of its unique, patent-pending timeline, and memory prompts which guide people to easily record their lives decade-by-decade – details often missed with scrapbooking, simple memory books, genealogy charts or photo albums alone. ArchivaLife’s high-quality, attractive, leather textured keepsake books make perfect gifts.

Two editions are available online at www.ArchivaLife.com. The ArchivaLife(TM) Classic Edition includes a scrapbook and archival case, and retails for $125. ArchivaLife(TM) LifeLines Edition is lighter weight and retails for $49.95.

“I wish I had ArchivaLife before my mom passed away suddenly. I hear stories from my dad, but some of her life memories are lost. I would have loved to have helped her record her life experiences and share them with my children. So my dad and I are going to work on an ArchivaLife for him,” says Raj Lahoti, Chief Guru at Online Guru Inc. “I work on the Internet all day, so I appreciate that ArchivaLife provides a hardcopy format and creates a process to write memories. There is something about the act of writing that evokes memories.”

Bill Burch, the creator and CEO of ArchivaLife, was inspired to develop the product when attempting to recall a memory. While trying to remember this long-since forgotten fact, he thought he might recapture it by recalling a few related pieces of information from the same time. He jotted down details he knew, such as where he lived and worked, and what car he drove at the time, in order to build a context from that era. He found his notes began to take on a timeline format. Not only did he remember the forgotten fact, he created an organized synopsis of his life.

Burch was then encouraged to sit down with his mother and create her “lifelines” as well. “Completing this was some of the most cherished time we’ve spent together, laughing and talking about things we had never discussed before,” says Burch. “It was then I realized the value of ArchivaLife for family projects and bonding. It’s a great way to share memories and makes a lovely timepiece to display in any home.”

About ArchivaLife
ArchivaLife(TM) is a privately held San Diego-based manufacturer and Internet retailer of archival-quality memory keepers. ArchivaLife’s high-quality, durable, leather textured keepsake books enable users to document their lives using ArchivaLife’s patent-pending, decade-by-decade timeline. ArchivaLife can be used for a meaningful family project or to create a treasured legacy for future generations. ArchivaLife is perfect for memoir writers, amateur genealogists, and scrap bookers, as well as extended family members, parents, and grandparents. Two editions are available – ArchivaLife(TM) Classic Edition and ArchivaLife(TM) LifeLines Edition. For more information visit www.ArchivaLife.com or call (877) 982-7244.