Laura Hedgecock

Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335

Phone: 248-615-0745


Contact between 08:30 to 08:30 Eastern Standard Time (USA)


Laura Hedgecock is an author, freelance writer, speaker, and blogger passionate about helping others tell their personal and family stories. Her book, MEMORIES OF ME: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO TELLING AND SHARING THE STORIES OF YOUR LIFE, stems from a gift left by her grandmother. Hazel Crymes passed down a lifetime of memories and stories, which she dubbed her “Treasure Chest of Memories.” MEMORIES OF ME guides and empowers memory collectors with down-to-earth, practical advice and creative ideas.


Toastmaster's Competent Communicator


  • Storytelling
  • Sharing memories, family, and ancestor stories
  • Website-building and blogging platforms
  • Storytelling techniques for Family History

  • Lectures:

    • Memory Sharing 101
    • Don't Wait to Start Sharing Your Memories
    • How to Write the Stories of Your Life
    • Bring Your Family Tree to Life with Family Stories
    • Beyond Dry Facts: Telling the Stories of Your Ancestors
    • Storytelling Techniques to improve Family Narratives
    • Better Writing Through Research: Enhancing family history narratives by understanding their circumstances
    • Blogging Your Memories
    • Blogging Your Memories, Research and Family History
    • Blogging Your Family's History
    • Choosing a website building platform for your blog
    • Professionalize your Site: Dos and Don'ts
    • Family Stories: Where to Start

    Speaking Conditions:

  • Honorarium and travel expenses
  • Projector & screen required
  • Handouts are emailed prior to the lecture and printed by the hosting organization
  • Available to travel (reimbursed mileage at the IRS federal rate of $0.575/mile; or flight, hotel & meal costs (hotel & meals use the IRS allowable per diem federal rate, available at

  • Previous Engagements:

    • Story Sharing Workshop: Things You Might Not Know About Me, June 6, 2014
    • RootsTech2015: Blogging Your Family History, Research and Memories, February 13, 2015
    • Toastmaster's Open House: Are you my cousin?, April 15, 2015
    • Farmington Community Library, Sharing Your Past One Story at a Time, May 26, 2015
    • Global Family Reunion, Detroit Metro Branch Party: A Tale of Two Grandmas (How Connections to the Past Matter), June 6, 2015
    • Association of Women in Communication- Detroit Chapter; Author’s round table
    • National Association of Memoir Writers, January 22, 2016 Webinar: Enhancing Memories and Memoirs with Research
    • Rootstech2016, February 5, 2016:How to professionalize your website: Dos and Don’ts
    • Ford Genealogical Society, March 10, 2016: Telling Family Stories
    • Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) April-May 2016 -- Series: Putting Episodes of the Past to Paper


    In addition to her memory sharing blog at, Ms. Hedgecock is a co-founder and contributing blogger at and frequently guest-posts at other genealogy sites. She enjoys speaking at workshops and on the radio, spreading the message that personal and family narratives connect loved ones with their family and ancestry. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, and Chicago Tribune.

    Family History Blog Articles:

    Clips, media features, and press releases:

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