Welcome to my site. I'm Deborah Tomasetti Perham, a family and personal historian.

When I was a child, the times I enjoyed most were when both my grandmothers would tell stories of their childhood, growing up in the early 1900s. I loved hearing their stories.  They both lived nearly 100 years!, so you can imagine the number of stories I heard through the decades. I learned about long-gone relatives and the part they played in creating the life my family enjoys today. After all, we are a compilation of the thousands of ancestors who came before us.  My grandmothers, unintentionally, inspired me to become a personal/family historian.  


I look forward to working with you, guiding you through the process of preserving your personal/family history, or family business' evolution through the decades, whether it be through the Life, in a Day® audio slide show, video histories, guided autobiography classes, beautifully-bound legacy books illustrated with vintage photographs and recipes, family tree discovery and more.  Don't forget your pet friends, too, with Pet Friends Tributes.

The "Legacy Matters" tab contains many options for preserving precious family history. The "Virtually Anywhere University" tab contains info for all on-line and on-land classes.

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"When a parent dies, it's the end. I always wanted to chronicle the family history with my mother. I wanted some researchers to talk to my mother, but [she] was a little antsy about it. I know she would  have gotten into it. But I wasn't forceful, and I didn't make it happen. That's one regret I have. I didn't get as much of the family history as I could  have for the kids." -Robert DeNiro quoted in Esquire Magazine


Start preserving your treasured family stories & recipes: Call 631-605-1799

Connecting generations & preserving memories. It's your legacy. Pass it on.

As a thank you for signing up for our mailing list and taking our survey, I'll email you a great document I've prepared that'll help start you on your way to preserving your family history:

"50 Answers Your Family Wants To Know"

Deborah is a true expert at collecting the information for and writing family legacies. She worked with me by giving me excellent prompts to help me understand what was important in my legacy piece to keep it factual yet interesting to current and future generations of my family. All through the process she was professional yet friendly and encouraging. My legacy is the best it can be thanks to her. She is a pleasure to work with. --Antonia Kersting Salomone

I'm available "virtually" anywhere.  We can meet in person throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  


To start preserving your family history, call 631-605-1799, or email me to schedule your appointment.


I look forward to working together with you...as partners in time.

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Narrating the stories behind your most special photos not only informs and inspires, but also contributes to your own legacy in the process. It'll be fun and easy. Simply upload your photos, press "Record," then begin talking. That's it!


Link your photos, stories, and audios to over 3.3 billion ancestor records in the official family tree of human kind, FamilySearch.org.

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