Who will tell your story if you don't?

Betty Marton is a personal historian who creates individual projects in a range of sizes and formats to accommodate your needs and budget.


Your project can range from an oral history captured directly on CD to a manuscript that is an edited, illustrated narrative of your life's story or the story of how an organization has grown. Whichever option you select, every step of the process is within your control and the final product will reflect the unique character of your journey.

Personal and Organizational Histories

A CD of your personal or organizational history captures your stories in your voice, either unedited or edited to remove pauses, repetitions and my questions. Or we can create a published, illustrated narrative of how your life has unfolded, the story of a loved one or the story of how your organization has grown.

We begin with a free consultation to determine the kind of project you envision, including who will be interviewed, the process, pricing and time frame. Then we set up a schedule for interviews—the centerpiece of the process. Before our first interview, I will provide you with a list of questions to help organize your thoughts and get the ball rolling. From there, for an hour or more at a time, we'll meet at your home or office for relaxed conversations that I will record.

If you choose to create a book of your story, I will edit the transcripts of our interviews to create a flowing narrative. You will then have the opportunity to review the first draft of the manuscript and make any changes you want. After I incorporate your changes and you approve the final manuscript, we can discuss how you would like it published. From there, in preparation for publication, I can help you choose photographs and other documents that illustrate and enhance your story.


Tribute Books

These books can celebrate any person, occasion, purpose or adventure—an anniversary, engagement or wedding, graduation, bar or bat mitzvah, or a special vacation. Tribute books can also incorporate the thoughts, wishes and photographs from many friends and family members.

Legacy Letters

A legacy letter offers your moral or spiritual legacy to your family, friends and community, and is often read at funerals and memorial services. I will work with you to help you express in writing your personal values, beliefs, life lessons, hopes and wishes.


Memoir Editing

Do you want to write or have you already begun writing your memoir? Everyone needs an editor, and I have the experience to help you through every stage of the process.

Do you have another idea you'd like to discuss? Let me know.