Beloved Willow Tree

“Where Words Come Alive”

REAL LIFE Legacies

Patricia Pihl, Personal Historian

Everyone Has a Story

Real Life Legacies creates one-of-a-kind narratives and books, preserving life stories now and forever.

The Benefits

Sharing your story allows you to pass on your wisdom to future generations, while strengthening family bonds and improving your own sense of well being.

What We Offer

Whether you choose to write a book or a simple legacy card or letter, we'll help you every step of the way to bring your project to completion.

How It Works

We start with a free consultation to discuss your ideas, what parts of your legacy you want to preserve and what the possibilities are given your budget.

What Others Are Saying

"Miracle Marcia" is the story of my lovely wife’s journey and battle with cancer over 17 years. As the ghostwriter, Pat provided the foundation, which transformed my words into an inspirational and loving book.From the interviews to writing the final manuscript, Pat’s creativity brought out Marcia’s love, laughter and kindness and allowed me to preserve her story and keep my wife’s legacy alive. Thank you so much, Pat!

Kim Rambacher

Author, "Miracle Marcia"

I have had three recent occasions to work with Pat to complete legacy projects for Hospice patients.  Pat has a gentle demeanor and a thoughtful means of interviewing clients to make them comfortable.  She is timely in setting up and implementing appointments, as well as in delivering the completed projects.  The families with whom I am affiliated have been very pleased with the process and their finished product.

Carna Pierce, LMSW

Medical Social Worker, Hospice Chautauqua County

Patricia’s series, “Lost Places” is an amazing group of stories about forgotten or never-known places throughout Chautauqua County. When a new article came out each week in the Chautauqua Star, I was amazed at the amount of information I didn’t know or had forgotten about. The amount of in-depth research that needed to be done EACH week was amazing. A historian’s responsibility should be to both educate an individual about his or her past and to inspire them to want to learn more. Pat has succeeded in doing just that and I always finish reading one of her stories with the thought, I didn’t know that.”

John Paul Wolfe

Chautauqua County Historical Society

Pat first wrote a local newspaper article several years ago about us and our life living in South Africa. She was a delight to work with and the article was outstanding. Then she wrote another article a bit later. It was also very informative and fun to read...even for us. Now she has completed a third article on our organic farming for Edible Western New York culinary magazine. Again she was easy to work with and she is a talented writer. We couldn't be happier.

Kathleen & Alan Ramm

Ribbon Road Farm

What is it like to work with a Personal Historian?

Watch this short video from the Association of Personal Historians to find out.

“Despite our seemingly ordinary lives, we will leave behind extraordinary stories…a priceless gift for current and future generations.”

--Patricia Pihl, Personal Historian

It's never too early to start, but it can be too late.

Contact us today for a free consultation and to see which type of written legacy is right for you.

About Us

Patricia Pihl, owner and personal historian at Real Life Legacies, knows the importance of recording life’s experiences, both for the storyteller and for the generations to come.

Contact Us

Patricia Pihl
Real Life Legacies
Mayville, New York
(716) 753-0987