Patricia Hartley




Position: Business


  • Alabama Genealogical Society
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • National Genealogical Society
  • International Society of Family History Writers
  • Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
  • Natchez Trace Genealogical Society
  • International Institute of Reminiscence and Life Review


  • BS in English/Professional Writing (Univ. of N. Alabama) 1992
  • MA in English (Univ. of N. Alabama) 2010
  • MA in Public Relations/Mass Communications (Kent State Univ.) 2015

Areas of Research Interests:

Although I’m employed full-time in a communications position, I am slowly building my dream business, Roots and Reminiscence, through which I will strive to capture the stories of a lifetime for future generations. Whether those life stories took place a hundred years ago or are still in progress, I will thoroughly research the genealogical facts and conduct personal interviews to produce a high-quality, contextual written narrative, video presentation or family history book. My years of experience interviewing people of all ages (including my mother, who suffers from dementia) and my lifelong respect and love for our elders led to my interest in reminiscence work, and I believe this will be an incredibly important and rewarding educational experience.