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Frequently Asked Questions


Are these stories true?
Who submits the stories on this site?
Do people use their real names?
Who submits the links with each story?
Who offers editorial help?
Can people remove their stories?
How can I learn to write my story and/or submit it to the website?


Are these stories true?

Yes, absolutely! Every story on this website has been written by an individual about the true accounts of their life. (We couldn’t make this stuff up!)


Who submits the stories on this site?

The collections of stories on this website are written by participants in the Life Stories autobiography workshop or the Health Education for Assisted Living (HEAL) program. At the end of the programs, participants have the option to contribute their story and/or photos to be included on the website. These individuals may choose to do this as a way of preserving their life story project, to provide historical value for the community and most often, as a way to share their stories with family and friends.


Do people use their real names?

All personal identifying information, such as last names, birthdates, full names of family members and any other information deemed as identifying information, is deleted from the story before it is posted online. In addition, some people may choose to use a pseudonym rather than their real first name.
Life Stories Nevada is committed to protecting the confidentiality of story contributors. Release forms are signed prior to posting stories and/or pictures online.


Who submits the links with each story?

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff research the World Wide Web for links that provide more information about topics mentioned in each life story. The sites are evaluated for the value of the information they provide.


Who offers editorial help?

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension staff helps participants as they are writing their stories, in whatever ways are appropriate, both during and after the autobiography classes. We scan photos, type stories and in some cases allow individuals to dictate their stories to us. Occasionally, family members also provide similar support.


Can people remove their stories?

If participants would like to have their story removed from the website or edited, they may do so at anytime. Please follow this link for contact information: Contact Us


How can I learn to write my story and/or submit it to the website?

You can find many tools on this website to help you get started. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers classes in the Las Vegas metropolitan area (click here to find a class). If you use the tools on this website to write your story and would like to have it added to this collection, we would love to hear from you. Contact Us