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.”