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

Preserving Memories



  • “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



  • 2012 World Storytelling Day – March 20

    Flickr photo:wirwuen Who are we? Besides living organisms, we are a story, the details (sub-stories) are connected to other people’s stories and they are part of community stories, family stories, national stories…. you get where I’m going her...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, February 15th, 2012



  • 50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites for 2009

    ProGenealogists. a consortium of professional genealogists who specialize in genealogical, forensic, and family history research, just published their annula list of the 50 most popular genealogy websites for 2009 on their website. Genealogy is the #1 hobby i...

    Read more  ●  Friday, May 29th, 2009



  • 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



  • 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



  • 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



  • Beyond Wills and Trusts – What Do You Do With Your Intellectual Property?

    Most people that have families take on the onerous and reflective task of writing a will which provides instructions for the distribution and disposable of our physical assets after we die. Some are very complicated and involve the establishment of trusts to ...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011



  • 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: Adoption, Genealogy Charts and Family History

    I was recently in China for 10 days, visiting the main cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. What I found most interesting is how different the context of their beliefs and practices are to my own. Because I am a video biographer, some of the things tha...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, July 27th, 2010