AUSTIN, TEXAS – October 11, 2016 – Mike O’Krent, founder of LifeStories Alive, encourages families to come together and research their personal family histories during the month of October – designated as Family History Month.

During the 90s, O’Krent was given the privilege to participate in the largest video compellation of personal recorded histories – Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

“If it weren’t for this project, we could have lost one of the most valuable assets gained from World War II,” O’Krent said. “We cannot overstate the importance of capturing lessons learned from oral histories.”

For more than ten years, O’Krent has dedicated his life to the recording of (what he calls) personal LifeStories.

“LifeStories are personal,” O’Krent explained, “some experiences are invaluable to one’s family, while other stories are critical for the stabilization of society.”

O’Krent says there are so many resources available to us to do research, and recommends the following sites:

Background LifeStories Alive / Mike O’Krent
Founded in 2004, LifeStories Alive was started by Mike O’Krent, who, after working with Steven Spielberg on the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, realized his life’s purpose is to establish the means whereby individuals could record their personal LifeStory as a means to be remembered by their descendants. O’Krent believes that every person has a story filled with meaning and purpose; those stories must be shared or they will be lost forever. For more information, visit


Contact: Mike O’Krent
(512) 431-8166
mokrent (at)

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