14    Jan 20143 comments

Family Records: Preserving oral history

One way to document and preserve family history is recording oral history interviews with relatives. This really brings our family trees to life, as it reveals the lives and memories of our family members in ways that dry facts, records or even photos cannot.

You may learn the story behind a family event captured in a photograph, emotions surrounding life events, and the names of previously unknown relatives  in photographs. Video recordings reveal how our relative sounds and what he or she looks like. We can get a genuine feel for their character.

In a recent article in the Examiner, archives technician Aaron Holt at the National Archives Fort Worth (Texas), said, “It only takes three generations to lose a piece of oral family history.” Holt continued, “It must be purposely and accurately repeated over and over again through the generations to be preserved for a genealogist today.” Continue reading "Family Records: Preserving oral history" »

29    Dec 20131 comment

Our Children: Sharing our unique family histories

Discussing family history with our children is a very good way, say many experts, to increase their connections to family. This includes our family traditions, stories, myths and holiday rituals.

Today - with the many tools and features of global family history site MyHeritage.com - it is easier than ever to record, preserve and transmit your family’s unique story to your children and down through future generations. Continue reading "Our Children: Sharing our unique family histories" »

1    Feb 20127 comments

Valentine’s Day: Share your love stories

Valentine's Day is 14 days away and millions of couples around the world prepare for the most romantic day in the year.

People also recall how it was celebrated generations ago. They may remember incredible and moving love stories of their own or of their ancestors.

We have all heard the love stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents or other ancestors. These may include a love that was separated or difficult due to distance, historical events, family disagreements or other reasons.

Even though times were much harder, somehow those impossible loves won out, the couple married and their love story lasted until contemporary times.

When I was younger, it was quite an opportunity to listen to some cringe-worthy love stories from my parents. The experience was more of a learning opportunity (as in a whistle-stop tour of how not to let a lady know about your affections).

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