Lasting Legacy Online aims to be the leader in keeping individual life stories alive and accessible to family and friends for generations to come.
Who we are
Lasting Legacy Online was co-founded by wife and husband, Elaine Schwartz and Dr. Howard Schwartz. The couple began with the idea in their living room in Topeka, Kan in 2003. They aimed to create an internet site where a person could make their life story accessible to family and friends for free and for generations to come so that people might keep their own life story alive.
Elaine, a former nursing home administrator and manager of many state aging programs, developed an appreciation for the value of older persons to hand down their stories to family and friends. Elaine’s mother died at the age of 45. Her father, at the age of 53.
Dr. Howard Schwartz, former Judicial Administrator for Kansas, had the connections and the business sense to put the idea into action. Howard’s father died at the age of 57.
They came to realize they both knew very little about their parents’ lives.
After researching what can facilitate the telling of a good life story, Elaine and Howard created a comprehensive 75 question adventure certain to help the least expressive among us unlock and share the events and stories that make us who we are. They seized the day and the site, lastinglegacyonline.com, was launched.
In 2013, Kansas Chief Justice Kay McFarland, Elaine’s friend and Howard’s boss, became involved with helping to make this dream come true. For a-year-and-a-half Elaine made weekly visits to Kay’s house to type up the answers to Kay’s story.
Not only did she want people to read her friend Kay’s life story, enhanced with videos and pictures of the late Kansas Chief Justice, but she wanted to give the opportunity to others. From the lady who never left the town she was born in even to take a vacation to the world traveler with images of far off lands and people, every person’s story counts and friends and family down the road will be enriched by having those stories told by the very people who lived them. Chief Justice McFarland appreciated this and joined the Schwartz’s effort to accomplish this goal.
LastingLegacyOnline LLC was officially established in 2016 and was registered/trademarked the same year. The C-Team Studio’s Jeff Coen, a Topeka City Council member Colleague of Elaine’s, and Graphic Designer Daric Wells, Elaine’s son, were the web developers and designers. Howard, Elaine, and their 4 children/family members are the voices on the introductory video.
Headquarters: Topeka, KS
Year website launched: 2004; Year business officially filed as LLC: 2016
Specialties: Providing a website featuring technology that enables families and individuals to collect, create, display, share, and store family histories, autobiographies, biographies, historical records, and genealogical information and materials online and printable.