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 their colorful stories.
Too often, though, a family’s history is lost as it passes from one generation to the next. And, if one or both grandparents have passed, those stories are often lost forever.
To ensure your grandparents stories are enjoyed for generations to come, record them now. 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. Below are three ways you can record your grandparents stories:
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- Written Record
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.
- Audio Recording
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.
Generally speaking, consumer recording devices are rarely as good as what a professional uses. A professional will help draw out a grandparents stories in an interview and ask questions for clarification. They can also transfer old scratchy audio off of cassette tapes and preserve it in a format that will not deteriorate with time.
- Video Recording
Memoirs on Video, or Legacy Videos, add a whole new dimension to a grandparents stories. Video captures personality, emotion and nuance bringing stories and family photos to life in a visually meaningful way. With younger generations becoming more screen-oriented, it’s no surprise that video memoirs are the new favorite format in which to preserve a grandparents stories.
Like a professional writer, a Video Biographer is able to draw stories out in an interview that may have otherwise been overlooked. And, through skillful editing, people, events and family history come to life in a way home movies struggle to do.
Hiring a professional writer to record a grandparents stories can take a written 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.
However you chose to record your grandparents stories, your children, grandchildren and generations beyond will cherish knowing them as you do.
For questions to ask your grandparents to learn marabout their life story and you family history, visit Legacy Video Questions.
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Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story – in their own words – for your family to know.
Here at Family Line Video, we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed and edited interview together with family photos, documents, maps and other memorabilia. The result is a beautiful ‘moving’ portrait capturing your loved as they recount their life story and memories – a gift your family will treasure for generations to come.
To learn more, visit FamilyLineVideo.com.
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