The most valuable gift a grandparent can give is not the engagement ring in the safety deposit box or the antique furniture. The most important gift is the rich family history, sense of connection and love passed on through a grandparents stories.
Too often family history is lost as it passes from one generation to the next. If one or both grandparents have passed, those stories are often lost forever.
Ensure your grandparents stories are enjoyed for generations to come by recording them today. In doing so, not only are the facts preserved, but also the detail and richness that are only revealed when a story is delivered in person.
~ 3 Ways to Record your Grandparents Stories ~
- Written Record
- Audio Recording
- Video Recording
Like the notes in an old diary, a grandparent can record their stories in a journal or memoir. While they may not have the flair of a Laura Ingalls Wilder, writing one’s own stories at least ensures that stories are told in first person and are as accurate and detailed as can be remembered. A journal also has a special charm if written in a grandparent’s own handwriting.
Hiring a professional can take a memoir to a whole new level. A professional will conduct an interview to collect background information and then organize the stories and clarify points so they make more sense. They will also ask questions to prompt stories a grandparent may not have thought of on their own.
Capturing a grandparents stories in an audio recording has the advantage of preserving their voice and demeanor. Children who never met a grandparent, love to hear their voice just as much as looking at an old photo. If they knew a grandparent but have since lost them, hearing their voice again can often be as comforting as spending time with them.
While consumer recording devices are available, they are rarely as good as what a professional uses. A professional will ensure your grandparent’s voice is clear and distraction free as they recount their memories. They can also transfer old scratchy audio off of cassette tapes and preserve it in a format that will not deteriorate with time.
Video adds a whole new dimension to a grandparents stories by capturing personality, expression and voice along with priceless information. Woven together with family photos and other memorabilia, this memoir on video brings stories and family history to life in a way the written word often struggles to do.
Families can record a grandparent using a smart phone, tablet or consumer video recorder. Or they may prefer to hire a professional who can create an heirloom quality video memoir through skillful interviewing, filming and editing.
However you record your grandparents sharing their memories, preserving their stories today will give your children, grandchildren and generations beyond a chance to know them as you now do.
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For questions to ask your grandparents to learn more about their life story, visit my post: ’25 Legacy Video Questions’.
For tips on making your own Legacy Video, visit my post: ‘How to Make a Legacy Video’.
Or let us capture your parent or grandparent’s life story in a Legacy Video for you! (See below)
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Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story in a for your family to know!
Here at Family Tree Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed (or Zoom) interview together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful “moving portrait” capturing your loved one as they recount their life story, family history and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.
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