Consumer Advocate: Providence man pens 'My Family Record Book' to keep you organized

Harris "Hershey" Rosen, a local entrepreneur from Providence, has developed an easy way to organize your life and help family members find vital documents quickly. (WJAR)

Do you know where your life insurance policy documents are?

What about the deed to your house?

A local entrepreneur has developed an easy way to organize your life, and help family members find those vital documents quickly. It's called "My Family Record Book."

As the record keeper of his family, Harris "Hershey" Rosen had an epiphany about 20 years ago, while paying bills.

"I asked myself, 'Does my wife know all the things I'm doing?'" Rosen said. "And the answer, of course, was a resounding 'no.'"

So, he starting writing it down.

"I got to 20 pages, 40, 80, about 100 pages," Rosen said.

He adds, "All my friends were very interested."

Then Rosen turned it into a book.

"I published it mostly to get my friends off my back," Rosen said, laughing.

Today "My Family Record Book" is step-by-step guide on how to organize everything from passwords to final wishes.

"That's what I pride myself on – that it is easy to use," said Rosen. "It's very user friendly. It doesn't use technical terms."

Rosen even applies methods from his days running School House Candy, with several factories in Southern New England.

"You can locate any piece of paper in your house in two minutes flat, and that comes from my experience of running a factory of over 11 acres of floor space, and we had to know where every paper clip was," said Rosen.

He said while it isn't easy to talk about, peace of mind is the greatest gift you can give your loved ones after you're gone.

"I don't think we can ever be prepared for the loss of a loved one, but this will help," Rosen said.

You can purchase "My Family Record Book" at Books on the Square in Providence, Barrington Books in Barrington and Cranston, and at Amazon.

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