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Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories

Publisher: Unlock the Past

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 36 pages
Author: T. MacEntee
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9781921956386
Other: colour photos, websites
Publisher: Unlock the Past

Many of us got our start in tracing and preserving our family history based on a story, perhaps one you heard as a child. Do you remember how engaging that story was? Was it the story itself or how the storyteller presented the information? Whatever the reasons, the story had an impact and if not preserved on paper or in an audio recording, that story is somehow preserved in your mind.

Fast forward to the 21st century and it seems that 'what's old is new again' with storytelling one of the hot buzz words. The fact is that oral history and storytelling involves family, and ancestry has been around ever since humans walked the earth. Before writing forms existed and even as recently as the early 20th century with a lack of vital records, family history was preserved as oral history.

'Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories' provides you with all the information on the latest methods and tools used to capture and preserve those family stories. In addition, once you've learned how easy it is to build a family archive of stories, you'll want to share them with others using the tips and tricks provided in this book.

What is 'oral history' and why is it important to families?
Getting started: a checklist for family oral history preservation
- Communication and scheduling
- Recording devices and platforms
- Interview questions and prompts
- Sharing questions and prompts
- Follow up materials
A review of oral history recording tools
- Audio
- Video
- Writing
- Other
Interviewing family members
- Tips and tricks for interviewing family members
- Interview ideas from an expert: Kim Weitkamp
- Sample interview questions
Organising and producing your family's story
- Take inventory of your content
- Create a project and task list
- Modularise the story via story boarding
- Use a timeline
- Keeping things organised and accessible
Incorporating existing content
- Converting old home movies, audio recordings, slides and video
- Photos and images can tell stories too!
- Add in the uncommon and unexpected
- Remember to use platforms that offer options
Modern methods for oral history preservation and sharing
- Digital storytelling platforms (Saving Memories Forever, Treelines)
- Blogs and websites (Blogger, WordPress, Weebly)
- Self-Published books (Lulu, Stories To Tell books)
- Video (reel Genie)
- Get Creative! (Heritage Cookbooks, Photo books, DIY gifts)
Privacy issues: oral history and family stories
- Published or private
- Document the process
- Tips on preserving stories and protecting privacy
Ensuring your family's legacy
- Data backup basics
- Future proofing your data
- Keep the legacy train moving forward
- Tips and tricks for oral history preservation
On being the family story keeper
- Technology and story keeping
- Family storytelling: a journey of discovery
- The time is now
Resource list
- Getting started: a checklist for family oral history preservation
- A review of oral history recording tools
- Interviewing family members
- Organising and producing your family's story
- Incorporating existing content
- Modern methods for oral history preservation and sharing
- Privacy issues, oral history and family stories
- Ensuring your family's legacy

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