It is a collection of stories, remembrances, and events from an individual’s life—including all the joys, sorrows, and humor that one wishes to share. A Personal History Book, also known as a Life Story Book, or autobiography, may cover an individual’s entire life or just an important portion.
The information is gathered through taped interviews where an interviewer asks questions to “jog” the teller’s memory. The interviews are transcribed and edited, and pictures, favorite quotes, songs, poems, recipes, newspaper clippings, a family tree, and other important documents are added to help tell the individual’s story. Legacy Writing puts all of this information together in a handsome, keepsake book—a treasure to be passed on for generations.
Example 1: Two-page Spread Example (in PDF format)
Example 2: Chapter Example (in PDF format)
Reasons for writing a life story, or personal history, are varied, but here are a few to ponder:
A Remembrance Book is a tribute to the deceased through memorabilia and interviews of friends and family. The process is very similar to a personal history book.
Unlike a Legal Will that specifies how one’s assets are to be dispersed, an Ethical Will states hopes, beliefs, values, and life lessons. It is more like a Legacy Love Letter. People of all ages are writing their “Legacy Letter.” It is a guarantee that loved ones, whether a child in diapers or an elder, will know the concerns of our heart. An ethical will is usually 2—10 pages.