My name is Christopher Scheid. I am a Certified Legacy Planner and Personal Historian.
Like most people I have always enjoyed looking through family photo albums wishing I knew more about the people within, what they were doing in the photos, and what they were thinking. We know their names maybe. Perhaps a few stories about them. After a few generations, however, even those will be lost. The people who knew their stories will pass, and the memories will fade. As difficult as it may be to think about, this will happen to us all.
Most of the countless images we are producing will not be saved either. Those that are will have little or no value to future generations.
Some people hire genealogists to put together a family tree or answer questions about their ancestry. While this is a valuable service the stories of those people and the vitality of their spirit is still lost.
I became drawn to this endeavor while interviewing my future father-in-law, a World War II veteran and father of eleven. The result was an oral history and written memoir that can be listened to and read by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who unfortunately never got the chance to meet him. A copy of the interview is now archived in the Library of Congress.
The experience made me wish I had done the same for my grandfather. I did not make the time to ask him questions about his life and experiences, and did not think that he would pass away before I had the chance. To my surprise, few people in my family could answer those questions either. Whole periods of his life and experiences are now lost.
It does not, and should not, have to be that way. We all want to be remembered.
My goal as a Legacy Planner and Personal Historian is to preserve your legacy for this and future generations of your family. I will work with you to produce the most meaningful keepsake gift you can ever give them.
I am uniquely skilled and qualified to help you achieve your legacy goals.
I recently contributed to an article for PremierREverse.com about creating engaging family histories. The article features others in the family and personal history field contributing their expertise. I am very happy that these issues are increasingly being discussed. Please check out the full article here: http://premierreverse.com/how-to-create-engaging-family-history/
International Association of StoryKeepers
Association of Personal Historians