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Our history

HistoryCrafters was founded in 2004 by Linda Coffin, whose background includes graphic design, writing, genealogy research, and publishing.


  • 2004-present: Personal historian, HistoryCrafters
  • 2012-2017: Executive Director, Association of Personal Historians
  • 1985-2017: Self-employed graphic designer, PageCrafters
  • 2014: Certificate in virtual meeting planning, iCohere
  • 2008: Professional Certificate, Ohio Oral History Institute, five-day intensive training program


  • National Genealogical Society
  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • International Society of Family History Writers and Editors
  • Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Genealogical Speakers Guild
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • Wisconsin State Genealogical Society
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Hennepin County History Museum
  • Friends (Quaker) Historical Association

Appointments & honors

  • 2014: Minnesota Genealogy Ambassador award, for “representing Minnesota on the national genealogy scene and bringing honor to Minnesota genealogy”
  • 2009: Excellence in Writing competition, sponsored by the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, Original Research Story, “Great-Uncle Andrew: The Murderer in the Family Closet,” second place
  • 2006-2012: Association of Personal Historians, six years on the international board (four years as Publications Chair, two years as Education Chair)

Published articles

HistoryCrafters’ work has been featured in many publications:

  • 2016-2019: “Beyond the Boxes and Binders,” quarterly column in FGS Forum, Federation of Genealogical Societies
  • 2017, “How Do I Choose Which Stories To Tell?”, article for The Septs, quarterly journal of the Irish Genealogical Society International, Inc.
  • 2016: “Oh, the Stories They Could Tell,” The Chicago Tribune, Primetime
  • 2011: “Telling Our Family Stories,” Edina Sun Current
  • 2010-2011: “Telling Our Stories with Flair,” Minnesota Genealogist, several quarterly columns
  • 2009: profile of Linda Coffin in the SCCA News, Seward Civic & Commerce Association
  • 2007: profile of Linda Coffin in Member to Member, newsletter of the Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communications
  • 2006: “Preserving Personal Stories,” profile in the "BizWoman" column of the Minnesota Women’s Press


HistoryCrafters’ clients have said:

  • Workshop participants
    • “After taking your workshop, I wanted to go directly home to write and write and write.”
    • “I liked your casual and friendly style.”
    • “I have about as much writing ability as an ant, but with [Linda’s] guidelines and inspiration, even I could write a passable history.”
  • Clients for book projects
    • “[The book] is fabulous. We’re all happy. Thanks again and again.”
    • “How did you get my very private grandmother to tell you stories she has never shared with the family?”
    • “To Linda, my favorite ghost-writer!” (Christmas card)
    • “_____’s book is a fabulous example of what can be done! I am sharing it with co-workers and friends who are enjoying it even though they don’t know the ‘cast’.” (client’s niece)

History Crafters' passion is to preserve people's life stories, through interviews, photographs, research, and documentation of personal items, heirlooms, and collectables.