When an elder member of a family passes, they often take a piece of their family history with them. What can you do to ensure your family’s legacy is passed down for generations? A story in the New York Times offers some ideas.
People often regret not doing more to record their family’s history while their ancestors were still alive, but unless someone takes the time to capture a person’s memories, oral histories tend to fade away.
That’s why more people today are recording their family history online.
The trend started with Story Corps, a website that encourages people to share their stories in mobile recording booths then picked up after the accessibility of DNA testing and the digitization of birth and death certificates.
Here are a handful of new services (and even an iPhone app) that help people to collect family memories for future generations.
StoryWorth is an online service that collects a family’s history through a series of short questions it sends to family members to answer each week. StoryWorth then emails the responses to other family members and stores them on their website. StoryWorth’s most active users are retirees who want to pass on their stories to their grandchildren and other relatives.
Ancestry.com has a feature called Story View that uses data from historical records to create short stories from family narratives. Users can edit, share and add personal photos or documents to their stories.
StoryCatcher is an iPhone app that will capture a family’s story on video. “When you capture someone on film, you get the essence of who they are,” said the app’s co-developer April Bell.
Memloom is a new site that allows its users to upload video, audio, photos and their own written stories to create an online family narrative.
Read the story here.