As we grow older we often wonder about our ancestors. Many times we find ourselves thinking, “Man I wish I would have asked Grandma about this before she passed away.” Preserving your family history, for you and future generations, can be fun and easy!
How do you preserve your family history? One word… DOCUMENT! As they say in the medical profession, if it isn’t written down it didn’t happen. I suggest creating a notebook or binder of important family documents. Anytime the family has an article, announcement, etc. on the web or in the newspaper place a copy in the binder. Also include a brief description of whom, what, when, and were. This will serve as a great reminder for future generations, as well as a great conversation piece!
When taking photographs be sure to document on the back of each photograph the names of the people, where the photo was taken, and when it was taken. Store photographs in a location in which they will be able to withstand the test of time. In the age of digital technology, it is important to back up photographs in order to preserve them. I would recommend printing digital photographs out for longevity. You can store your digital photographs on media devices, but as we have all seen, technology is constantly changing. So if you save things on a CD, be sure to move them to the newest technology, such as flash drives, or whatever comes up next! Also, for digital photographs, it is important to type a word document that describes the photos and who is in them.
Family stories are great when being told throughout the generations, but what is even better is when they can be told by the past relatives! Every so often, record your family stories using a digital recorder. You can store these files and future generations will be able to listen to the stories in your voice. This will bring a special meaning to the stories. As mentioned earlier when we talked about digital pictures, be sure to upgrade the media these files are stored on as times change!
These are just a few easy and fun tips to preserve your family history! For more ideas visit my web site at www.zitania.com.