Instructions on How to Create Your Story
Immigrant's Last Name
Enter the surname or last name of the immigrant whose story you are going to tell. This person could be you or someone else.
Immigrant's First Name
Enter the immigrant's first or given name.
What is the story's title?
Enter a title for this immigrant's story. It is not necessary to include the immigrant's name in the title.
Year of arrival?
Select the year that the immigrant came to the United States.
Tell us the immigrant's story.
In a few paragraphs, tell us the immigrant's story.
Add Photo button
You can add a photo to the story by clicking on the "add photo" button at any place in your story. This button will take you to another window where you can select a photo from your computer. Click "Insert photo" to place the photo in the story. You can add another photo to your story by clicking on the "add photo' button again. You can click on "Use this photo for cover page" in the browser window to add the photo to our Story by Photo page (limit one per story please). You can choose to insert photos in specific locations in the story or you can just add them at the end of the story, and the Immigrant Voices administrator will format the story properly with the photos upon review.
If you have a video that you'd like to add to the story, you must first upload it to YouTube (www.youtube.com), and then copy/paste the Web link in this box.
Place of Origin
Enter in the city, state, and country of the immigrant's place of origin. Click the "Locate" button, and the Google Map will place a marker on your entered location. Please verify the location is correct on the map. If not, please re-enter. If Google Maps cannot locate the city name you typed in, it will respond with an error message.
Place of Settlement
Enter in the city and state in the United States of the immigrant's place of settlement. Click the "Locate" button to place a marker on your entered location. Please verify the location is correct on the map. If not, please re-enter. If Google Maps cannot locate the city name you typed in, it will respond with an error message.
Enter keywords that you'd like associated to this story when a visitor does a search in our story database. For example, you can enter words like "Chinatown" or "Angel Island" or "Paper Son".
If you have special instructions for the Immigrant Voices administrator about your story and its format, write them here.
Click on the “Cancel” button to clear your story entry and start over.
Click on the “Preview” button to see a preview of your story with any photos/captions. If there are formatting issues, do not worry too much about correcting it as the Immigrant Voices administrator will correct formatting issues and refine photo placement upon review prior to publish.
Click on the "Save Draft" button, and your story will be saved for future editing under “Tell Your Story” – “Edit Draft”.