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. She is the organizing president of GeneaBloggersTRIBE, a group of over 3200 online genealogy content providers. 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. Similarly, BLOGGING FOR FAMILY HISTORY provides a road map for launching a blog and making it successful.


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  • 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:

    • Blogging Your Family History, Research and Memories: RootsTech2015
    • Enhancing Memories and Memoirs with Research: National Association of Memoir Writers Webinar, 2016
    • Professionalize your website: Dos and Don’ts: RootsTech2016
    • Telling Family Stories: Ford Genealogical Society 2016
    • Putting Episodes of the Past to Paper (3 part series): Society of Active Retirees (SOAR) 2016
    • Beyond Dry Facts: Telling the Stories of Your Ancestors: Flint Genealogical Society, Ford Genealogy Club, Northville Genealogical Society, Irish Genealogical Society, 2017
    • Blogging for Family History: Lyon Township Library, Dearborn Genealogical Society (2017), Livingston County Genealogical Society (2018)
    • Bring Your Family Tree to Life with Family Stories: Capitol Area District Library, 2018
    • How to Write the Stories of Your Life (3 part series): Society of Active Retirees (SOAR), 2017
    • How to Write the Stories of Your Life (single session): Washtenaw County Genealogical Society 2017
    • Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life: Farmington Hills, MI P.E.O. Chapter, 2017
    • Choosing the Details: The Secret to Compelling Stories: RootsTech 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah


    In addition to her memory sharing blog at, Ms. Hedgecock is a co-founder and contributing blogger at and organizing president of GeneaBloggersTRIBE. She 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.

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