Don’t Lose Those Family Stories
I’m at a time in my life when I’ve been going through boxes stored in my home and my parents’ home. I’ve found lots of photos and I realize I need to make sure that I’m not just rescuing the photos but also capturing the stories they’re telling.
I’ve found baby pictures of my dad and older pictures of family that have brought back so many fond memories. I even found my Grandad’s little box of photos that he used to bring out every time we visited. I’ve probably seen every photo in that little cigar box over a hundred times, yet when we saw them again, they made us laugh so hard and share funny stories about him.
This is one of my favorite pictures, it’s of my Grandma when she was three years old. It was taken in 1910, a time when having your picture taken was a big deal. They had to dress up and go to a studio out-of-town, so they wanted to be sure to get everyone’s picture. My Grandma had other ideas. She screamed and cried until someone gave her her mom’s pocket watch. This calmed her down enough and she finally allowed her picture to be taken (although she still has a bit of a sour face!).
The unfortunate thing is that this is the only one of the photos taken that day that has survived, all the others have been lost over the years.
Preserve Photos AND Family Stories
Today, with the technology we have, it should be so much easier to capture not just the moments, but also the stories that go with them.
Why not capture your grandma or grandpa on video tape sharing some of their favorite family stories or what life was like as they were growing up? It’s easy to do if you have a smartphone. Just pull it out and start the video!
Family gatherings abound with stories! Record them.
One idea I really like is creating a series of YouTube videos that can be shared with family and friends.
Remember: Family stories can get lost, adjusted, and recreated as they get passed from generation to generation. Go directly to the source. Capture them now.
I’ve come across an interesting way to preserve photos and family stories called Biography Now. I’ve not used it, but it sounds like an interesting way to capture the story of a loved one. It’s a “one-of-a-kind biography” that is personalized with your stories and photos and combined with some history from your person’s time period. It’s a unique way to capture and share your legacy with future generations.
LegacyBiographies.com is another similar service. Their focus is on video and audio biographies whereas Biography Now provides you with an heirloom-style book.
I’ll have to check these both of these out.
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