A Special 90th Birthday Gift: Their Life Story in a Video Memoir

Grandparent's Stories

Are you looking for a truly special 90th Birthday gift? For a parent or grandparent? A spouse, sibling or a good friend? For the 90th Birthday gift of a lifetime, one that is certain to move your loved one deeply, capture their life story, family history and memories – in their own words – in …

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Family Recipes

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The art of cooking and perfecting coveted recipes is underappreciated these days. Decades ago, families used to cook meals together. Centuries ago, the preparation of the main family meal was a daylong custom with many participants to remember the steps and ingredients, it was part of their legacy. Keep the flavors of your family alive by recording your favorite recipes.

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How to Organize Old Family Photos

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As a Video Biographer, my clients often tell me they’re overwhelmed by all their old family photos. If you grew up before the digital age, you can probably relate – especially if you were born in the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s, as many of my clients were. After recently helping my 80 year old mother …

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What is a Family Documentary Video?

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Family Documentary Videos are memoirs on video focusing on family stories and history. Memories of people, places, and things are documented on video or film, often combining interviews with photographs, letters, maps, and other memorabilia. The final product is preserved as a digital video document, or DVD. Learn more.

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Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Three Generations

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You may have heard the old proverb, “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations”. In Japan, the expression goes, “Rice paddies to rice paddies in three generations.” The Scottish say, “The father buys, the son builds, the grandchild sells, and his son begs.” In China, “Wealth never survives three generations.”

Around the world, there are many different variations all used to describe the tendency of the third generation of a family to squander the wealth obtained by the first generation.

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Remembering My Great Grandmother

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I recently came across a photo of my great grandmother as I was cleaning out an old box. She was standing next to a flower bush wearing a white polka dot dress. I vaguely remember her…her voice, her laughter, her smile, her personality. I must have been about 10 when she passed away. Looking at …

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