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This is Fred Ball, for Zions Bank, Speaking on Business.

Preserving family histories is not only interesting, but itís one of the best ways to remember someone close once theyíve passed away.

Jennifer Wright discovered that very thing a few years ago after helping produce transcripts of burial tributes. Jenniferís father was regularly asked to preside over funerals as a duty for his church. During the interments, he often asked Jennifer to transcribe what was said. Then, when two of Jenniferís close relativesóher grandmother and an uncleópassed away within five weeks of one another, Jennifer realized how valuable those transcripts were. She also realized how other people would enjoy that service. So with help from her sister Merinda Techmeyer, Jennifer created a company dedicated to preserving family histories, calling it Captured Memories.

Since its inception, the company, which Jennifer operates out of her home in Sandy, has expanded services to include funeral transcriptions and oral histories. But Captured Memories has gone beyond traditional preservation services to offer high-tech mementos like an interactive DVD of a family memberís life story complete with visuals such as photographs, love letters or pictures of a favorite pastime.

The company also creates memory books by compiling stories about a loved one as told from family, friends and associates.

Customers who want to create such a keepsake simply gather photos and valuables and take them to Captured Memories. In a consultation, Jennifer and Merinda can help clients determine a preferred style. While in process, the photos and valuables are guarded in a fire-resistant safe, and Jennifer keeps an archive of everything created. And all of the services are customizedófrom the music or the layout to the final package.

Jennifer told me making these family histories for others is just as interesting as making them for her own family members. She said searching for an item with family members can jog memories and create an even better record. And that is why Captured Memories is a valuable and viable business. For more information, logon to

For Zions Bank, Iím Fred Ball, speaking on business.

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