Tributes & Video Biographies
Sharing Life Stories, Connecting Generations, Preserving Legacies

Family Memories



  • “I wish I had met you…”

    For the past few weeks I have been involved in a back and forth phone tag with a potential client. Each time he’s called me, I returned the call, and each time I called, he was  busy and told me he would get back to me. A couple weeks ago he asked me t...

    Read more  ●  Monday, January 26th, 2015



  • “The Great Beauty” And The Small Moments In Our Own Lives

    Over the weekend I had the pleasure of watching La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), an epic Italian film in the style of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, but with more cinematic greatness achieved by the advances in technology since the 1960s as well as a m...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, January 14th, 2014



  • “There Is No Present Like The Time”

    Flickr photo:Robbert van der Steeg I was at a Bat Mitzvah this past Saturday and the presiding rabbi gave a sermon on the gift of time. He had seen an ad for a famous jewelry company that depicted a graduate in cap and gown, with a new watch on her arm. The ...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 5th, 2011



  • 2009 Association of Personal Historians Conference in Valley Forge

    If you follow me on any of the social media platforms such as Twitter (@stefanitwyford) or Facebook, you’ll know that I spent the previous week at the 2009 Association of Personal Historians Conference in Valley Forge Pennsylvania. Having never been to...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 2nd, 2009



  • 2013 Resolution – Time to Get That Personal History Done!

    Flickr photo:ßialoipokku 2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of Legacy Multimedia. It will be later this fall and I will commemorate the decade in a fitting manner…. later. Right now, with the new year, and this huge blank slate of time before me, I want...

    Read more  ●  Friday, January 4th, 2013



  • 2014 Memory Jar Project

    2014 Memory Jar I have been reading about the concept of “Happiness Jars.” In Elizabeth Gilbert’s blockbuster memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” she started a project where she would write down things that have made her happy each day on l...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, December 31st, 2013



  • A Tribute To My Mother – Mother’s Day 2012

    This past weekend was Mother’s Day. I had a lovely day with my oldest son and husband. We had lunch and went to see The Hunger Games which I enjoyed. My favorite thing to do is watch movies so if you’re wanting to do something special for me, tak...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, May 15th, 2012



  • A Triple Header Video Interview

    Over the holiday week between Christmas and New Year, my family spent a week skiing in Utah. We stayed at the home of some good friends who live outside of Salt Lake City and another family from California was there as well. We have known the parents of thes...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 3rd, 2008



  • Abundant Living Conference, March 2, Camp Allen Texas

    This past week I was a presenter at the Abundant Living Conference held at Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center, a beautiful site located in the Piney Woods about an hour north of Houston. This three-day conference gathered some 200 people that ranged i...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 8th, 2010



  • Alicia Elkort’s Poetic Memoir Of Our Grandparents – “Apricot Preserves”

    My grandmother used to make these amazing cookies for special occasions. They are called Franz Joseph Cookies and supposedly took their name from the famous Emperor of Austria. I’m not really sure the back story on how my grandma got this recipe but it ...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, November 6th, 2014



  • Anatomy of an Archival Scrapbook Project

    We are in the process of wrapping up a large scrapbook project for a client that has been such a delight to work on that I wanted to share the project and the process we’ve gone through as I believe many of my readers may have similar such scrapbooks a...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, January 19th, 2010



  • Archival Photo and Slide Scanning Services

    Flickr photo: catcetera In January of 2008, Money Magazine wrote an article comparing 6 of the most popular scanning services. They sent 40 prints to the six different companies and rated them on cost, turnaround time and scan quality. The top rated company ...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 12th, 2008



  • Asleep At The Family History Blog Wheel

    I keep meaning to come back here and write some more for those of you who read regularly or those who happen to find me. But I feel as if I’ve pretty much said everything there is to say on the topic of Family History, Video Biographies, Tribute Videos...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016



  • California Dreaming on a Summer’s Day

    Flickr photo: wrysloan I just spent the last week on vacation in Northern California, visiting with my family and attending the wedding of the daughter of friends I have known for over 30 years. My entire nuclear family gathered over the weekend at my brothe...

    Read more  ●  Monday, July 7th, 2008



  • Childhood Holiday Memories

    Flickr photo:SkillsUSA Massachusetts When I worked on my own autobiography several years ago, I used this technique which I sort of invented ( I say that because I’ve never heard of anyone else using it either in my background as a social worker or spe...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, December 16th, 2008



  • China Diary: Looking At Ancestors

    I recently got back from a 10 day trip to China where I visited the main cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. I had a really great time although I haven’t finished organizing and tagging all my photos and hope to get that done soon before I forge...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, July 13th, 2010



  • Concepting and Scriptwriting Tips for Family Video Productions

    Flickr photo: Meg Part 2 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week I introduced this series about creating videos to capture the joy of family events and special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday get...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 11th, 2009



  • Create Your Own Family Bible

    Flickr photo: Wonderlane We often do large photo archiving projects for families that involve scanning and creating digital records of photos albums, boxes of loose photos, newspaper articles, certificates and other family mementos that a family wants preser...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, January 8th, 2009



  • Creating a Beautiful Family Tree

    Aside from creating a family history so that future generations of your family will know who you are, one of the nicer gifts you can give your family is a graphical representation of your family tree. I recently learned about Arbor Arts, an online company th...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 20th, 2010



  • Creating a Storyboard for Multimedia Projects

    Flickr photo: Sthomas01 A storyboard is an essential tool for laying out a video or film project to communicate the look of a piece, to show how a story or plot unfolds and to organize the sequence of scenes before any time or money has been spent on studio ...

    Read more  ●  Friday, September 5th, 2008