Recording a Grandparents Stories

Recording a Grandparents Stories by Family Line VideoThe 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 a family’s 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.

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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  1. Written Record
  2. 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.

    While you can help a grandparent write their memories down or provide them with a box of questions to fill in, 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.

  3. Audio Recording
  4. 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 online, you can also download a voice recorder app to you phone. However, consumer recording devices 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.

  5. Video Recording
  6. Video Memoirs or Legacy Videos add a whole new dimension to a grandparents stories. Video captures personality, emotion and nuance, bringing stories and history recording a grandparents stories by Family Line Videoto life in a way the written and spoken word often struggles to do. With younger generations becoming more screen focused, it’s no surprise that video memoirs are the new favorite way in which to preserve a grandparents stories.

    You can record a grandparent using a smart phone/tablet or consumer video recorder. Or you may prefer to hire a professional. A professional is able to bring stories and family history to life through skillful interviewing, filming and editing and by using high quality equipment and software.

However you choose to record your grandparents stories, know your children, grandchildren and generations beyond will cherish knowing their story and family history.


For questions to ask your Grandparent to learn more about their life story and your family history, visit ‘Legacy Video Questions’.

For tips on making your own Legacy Video, visit ‘Legacy Video Tips’.

Or let us do the work for you…

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Give your parent or grandparent the gift of a lifetime by capturing their life story for your family to know and cherish.

Grandparent Games by Family Line video ChicagoHere at Family Line Video we produce Legacy Videos, modern-day memoirs that weave a filmed 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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2 thoughts on “Recording a Grandparents Stories”

  1. I’ve never heard of video memoirs before. It sounds like an amazing idea. Pictures are nice, but it’s better when you have actual footage of your grandparents, especially for anyone who was too young to remember them.


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