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Posts Tagged Family Memories



  • Creating an Oral History to Preserve Unique Life Stories

    Flickr photo: c-weiss First of all, what is oral history? Put simply it is a collection of testimonies by living persons to record their unique life stories. They are not based on gossip, hearsay or rumors. Instead, oral histories are chronicles of direct ob...

    Read more  ●  Monday, December 3rd, 2007

  • Family Business

    The idea of creating a family history or genealogical tree, while a formidable task, sometimes occurs to us as quite simple. We enroll all our family members into this meaningful project. They all go through their media, (photos, old reels of film, mementos)...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, January 26th, 2008

  • Family History at Family Dinner Table

    I was reading a blog posting at the Science of Raising Happy Kids where the author, Christine Carter, Ph.D. suggested wrote, “Research shows that telling stories about your shared past creates strong and secure emotional bonds, which directly impacts h...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

  • Family History Cookbooks

    I don’t know if this is a new trend or not but I’ve been noticing an abundance of family memoir cookbooks. These cookbooks will typically serve up recipes that have been passed down from one generation to another along with photos of the family, s...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

  • Family Photo Album

    I met this guy at a party the other night and when I told him that I was a personal historian and biographer, he became really, really excited. He said to me, “I have to show you this album I did with my son for his 5th grade class project. ” He...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

  • Finding Home

    Flickr photo:jambo13 A couple of weeks ago I was reading a blog by Keith Ferrazzi, marketing guru and well known author of Never Eat Alone, and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time. He had a poignant post, a tribute to his Aunt Rose, who had ...

    Read more  ●  Friday, December 21st, 2007

  • Lost But Not Forgotten

    Christopher Cannon I’ve talked a lot about the necessity of converting your old 8mm and 16mm film before it degrades or the people in your life who can identify the footage are gone. But what about that film once it’s out of the possession of you...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

  • Magnetic Photo Album Deterioration

    Flickr photo: mimi.bowling We often hear clients complain they can’t remove their photos from those old inexpensive magnetic photo albums. Those are the ones with the pre-glued pages that you just stick the photos in and slide the plastic sleeve over t...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, April 17th, 2008

  • New Traditions

    It’s only three more days until one of our favorite holidays, Thanksgiving, is once again upon us. Celebrated annually for almost 400 years now, this is a time we come together with family and friends to give thanks for abundance and all we have to be g...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 19th, 2007

  • Photo Albums Don’t Hold the Memories, People Do

    This past summer I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Colorado. It was a beautiful, well-restored Victorian home and in the parlor, hung many turn-of-the-century photos of the home and of some its residents. I asked the proprietor if she knew who the people wer...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

  • Social Networking Squeezing Out the Sacred Yearbook

    Flickr photo:PreciousKittyKat Time was when everyone had to have a yearbook. During the final few days of school, you would run around, getting your friends’ and teachers’ signatures and comments. Well wishes for the coming summer, confessions of...

    Read more  ●  Monday, May 19th, 2008

  • Sorting and Storing Digital Photos

    Flickr photo:BayCamera In previous posts I have talked about sorting and archiving old photos and how important it is to do that. But, I have actually been been daunted by the task of organizing my own digital images. Right now they sit on my hard drive, bac...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

  • StoryCorps 1st Annual National Day of Listening, November 28

    Tomorrow we sit down with our family and friends to give thanks for all we have, personally as well as collectively. I recently read an article where the average organic Thanksgiving dinner costs an additional $100 more than a non-organic dinner. Organic or ...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

  • Survey Reveals Americans’ Surprising Lack of Family Knowledge

    Flickr photo: johnewootton Latest Ancestry.com Survey Shows How Little Americans Know About Their Families; Holidays Perfect Time to Get to Know Family Better PROVO, Utah, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Are you among the one-third of Americans who cannot name ...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, December 8th, 2007

  • Taking Better Photos at Family Events

    Whether you’ve made the jump to digital or are still using film, here are some tips that can help you make the photos of your holiday and family events even more memorable. Don’t be afraid to get close:While group shots are important, remember to...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, November 25th, 2007

  • Thanks For The Memories

    Shortly after my husband Loren and I married, we moved to San Francisco to start our new careers and new life. As the moving van was pulling up in front of our new apartment, we noticed two small children sitting on the stoop of the apartment two doors down. ...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, November 15th, 2007

  • The Secrets Buried Under a Family Tree by Ellen Goodman

    I’m always excited when someone famous gets on the “need to know your family history” bandwagon so I was particularly excited when Ellen Goodman wrote this column for the Boston Globe last week. It just points out how often we know so littl...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

  • Time to Write That Holiday Letter

    Flickr photo courtesy GraceFoto<3 The annual tradition of the holiday letter is a great way to keep in touch with our far-flung loved ones; an opportunity to update friends and family on career changes, family news and other achievements of the past year....

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, November 28th, 2007