Roots Revealed: How to Find Out More About Your Ancestry

Homegrown Histories

These companies will document your family history for generations to come.

Homegrown Histories

Diane Campbell, founder of Marin-based Homegrown Histories offers a variety of audio and video biography packages to suit family or business needs. Whether you want to record your life story, create a tribute for a relative, or document an important period of time, Campbell will help you tell it. Prices range from $150 to $10,000.


Serving the Bay Area since 2009, this San Francisco-based company offers digitization of photo albums,
loose photos and memorabilia, including certificates, awards, diaries and letters. Slides, film and audio can also be digitized, with high resolution capture (650MB) for faithful preservation and reproduction of your photos. Starting at $1,000.


Have a fascinating life story but lack the words to tell it? StoryTerrace has more than 650 professional ghostwriters up for the job. Once you are matched with one, your life — or your relative’s — will be turned into a book. Interviews are available in many languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, Italian, Spanish, German, Hebrew and Arabic. Packages range from $1,950 to $7,450.

Kasia Pawlowska

Kasia Pawlowska loves words. A native of Poland, Kasia moved to the States when she was seven. The San Francisco State University creative writing graduate went on to write for publications like the San Francisco Bay Guardian and KQED Arts among others prior to joining the Marin Magazine staff. Topics Kasia has covered include traveltrendsmushroom hunting, an award-winning series on social media addiction and loads of other random things. When she’s not busy blogging or researching and writing articles, she’s either at home writing postcards and reading or going to shows. Recently, Kasia has been trying to branch out and diversify, ie: use different emojis. Her quest for the perfect chip is never-ending.