In Need of a Personal Historian?

DMC-headshot_cropped_webLooking for help telling you or your family’s story? I am a trained historian and published author with a passion for helping people of all ages and backgrounds preserve, honour, and share their stories. I can help research, write, or edit your memoir or family history, or guide you on the road to publication. I can also help place your collection with an archive, scan your photos and documents, or create a beautiful scrapbook, website or Facebook page. For examples of how I have shown the extraordinary in ordinary people’s lives, please click here.



  • Scan documents and photos to create a digital archive
  • Help place your collection in a Canadian archive or museum
  • Record and transcribe your memories through interviews
  • Do a rough translation of French, Italian or Spanish records in your collection
  • Research the story behind your images or documents


  • Help you tell your story through a memoir, family history, or memory booklet
  • Help the community recognize your achievements or those of a loved one by identifying an award and preparing the application
  • Celebrate your accomplishments and capture your personality in a personalized obituary, ethical will, or eulogy


  • Write a profile of you for publication in a newspaper, magazine or corporate document
  • Create a book (print or e-book) for publication using your words and images
  • Make a beautiful scrapbook with your choice of materials, using my historical research skills to identify and organize your (or your family’s) treasured keepsakes
  • Create a website or Facebook page using your documents and photos
  • I also work with Edmonton-based company Memory Catcher on video, audio, or multimedia projects


I would be pleased to provide a one-hour free consultation to learn about your vision, and match my services to your budget. For commonly asked questions about personal historians, please visit

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