It’s heartfelt stuff, hearing a person’s stories and learning what they mean to the person.
An autobiography summarizes and tells the whole of a person’s life. It is the story of a life. A memoir has a narrower focus, and tells a story “from a life.” Author (and memoir writer) Gore Vidal describes the difference this way: “A memoir is how one remembers one’s own life, while an autobiography is history, requiring research, dated, facts double-checked.”
Have you dreamed about recording a parent’s story? Or about writing your family’s history, and the path it took over the decades—now, while your grandparents can still tell you what they know? How about documenting the history of a company you built up from nothing, or recording the life of a long-beloved family home? This is where a personal historian comes in.