Moment by moment time passes and is gone, but memory can rescue moments
and years from oblivion. Saving memories and handing them on preserves
the treasures of individual lives to enrich the knowledge and experiences
of those who follow. Preserving your memories, experiences, insights, lessons,
and values is an irreplaceable gift to those around you now and those
Your memories and knowledge are not only valuable and important because
of what they tell about you, but they are a bridge connecting your
knowledge of your family’s past to inform present and future generations.
Don’t let these treasures be lost forever! Whether they’re
the thoughts in your mind, the family photos gracing the mantle or
stuffed in shoeboxes, home movies and videotapes, or a collection
of family correspondence,
we can help in a variety of ways to preserve your heritage and memories for your grandchildren.
Lives: Preserving Your Family History is
based on my twenty-five years of experience as an archivist — a
person who collects, arranges, and preserves historical records.
Learn how to get started turning a hodge-podge of stuff into
a family history collection; identify risk factors that threaten
the longevity of your collection; find information on how to
organize and store papers, photographs, and more.
Through interviews we can capture your life story and your family
reminiscences on audiotape. If you wish, an edited transcript can
be produced or the transcript can be further transformed to become
a printed reminiscence, illustrated with family photos. You may want to write down your memories or family stories yourself but feel hesitant about your writing skills. Just start writing, and we can help you smooth out the rough spots. Click here for examples of memories.
wills. These are short documents that allow you to express ideas,
values, guidance, insights, personal philosophy, spirituality,
hopes for the future, even words of regret or forgiveness. They
are usually produced during estate planning or at an important
archiving, and digital repair. We will scan documents and photos,
and if necessary digitally repair them, and transfer them to CD
or DVD. Selected photos can also be reproduced individually or
as a mounted
and videotape. We can digitize and transfer 16mm, super or regular
8mm films, and videotapes to DVD.
or Personal Biography videos. These videos include interviews with
or narration by yourself and/or other family members. They also
include selected family photos, films, and other memorabilia to
tell your story or the story of your family history. We provide
custom editing of your materials into an enjoyable photomontage,
video, mini-movie, or documentary that will be a family treasure.
preservation of your family history collection.
Are you wondering how to organize and care for your personal
family records? We can demystify the process or even organize
and house the records for you.
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