“Do you search genealogy?”

While I do perform some historical research, I focus on future ancestors, so they can be more than just a name and dates on a future family tree.

“I’ve asked my father to write down his memories, but he hasn’t done it.  How can I motivate him?”

It’s a daunting and overwhelming task to sit down and write down a lifetime of memories.  That’s why my interviews are so helpful. He or she can sit back, relax and just answer questions.

“What if he lives out-of-state?”

Ye olde telephone.

“Would you travel?”

Absolutely.  In-person interviews are always preferable, because people tend to be more open and relaxed when it’s face-to-face.  They can see my reactions to their responses; that I’m non-judgmental and genuinely interested in hearing their stories.  It’s also an opportunity to look over photographs and discuss the stories behind them.

“What if the person is deceased?”

Those who are still alive have memories of him or her.  Those memories, combined with photographs, documents and memorabilia, can produce a loving biographical book.

“Why do you prefer the book format?”

A video or audio format requires a device (which changes) and will sit on a shelf. A biographical book lying on a coffee table, however, will be enjoyed over and over by family and friends.

“What is an ethical will?”

Ethical Wills date back to the 17th century, which fathers left their values to their sons.  A Will of Inheritance leaves your valuables, ethical wills or legacy letters leave your values.  They are non-legal documents which provide an opportunity for you to express to your loved ones thoughts that maybe you haven’t been able to say to them in person.  You can ask forgiveness, forgive them, articulate your wishes for their life, pass on advice that helped you, etc.  It is truly the best gift you leave to them.

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