Beloved Willow Tree

“Where Words Come Alive”

REAL LIFE Legacies

Patricia Pihl, Personal Historian



  • As told to memoir: Our interview questions will help frame your memories and what is most important to you. Using active listening, we record, transcribe and create your book in your own voice.


  • Assisted memoir: If you have already written your story, we will edit and organize your manuscript, provide follow-up fact checking and research, while keeping it authentic to your style.


  • If you decide to publish your memoir for family or friends, we can assist with photo scanning and captions, design and formatting of your book.





Legacy Cards: (8 ½ x11)

  • Story card: Recognizes a special person, celebrates a milestone, or memorializes a wonderful life. Includes photos, description of their early years and what best defines a loved one’s life.


  • Memory Card: Details a special moment in history with a corresponding photo or photos.


Legacy Letters:

  • Outlines your personal values, beliefs, life lessons, hopes and wishes for your family, friends and community. A message can be specific to family members or future generations.


Words About the Past

“One regret I have: I didn’t get as much of the family history as I could have for the kids.”

Robert DeNiro

“Memories of our lives, our words and our deeds will continue in others.”

Rosa Parks

“The history of the world is not complete until your story is told.”


“When an elder dies, it is as if an entire library has burned to the ground.”

African saying

“But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you from the wisdom of former generations.”

Job 8:10

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”

George Bernard Shaw

Do you know a group or organization interested in learning more about personal history?

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