9 Ways I Preserve Family History for My Descendants

9 Ways To Share Family History With Children


Family History is meaningful when we preserve the perishable and share our stories. There will always be time to find a new relative to add to the tree (and often it takes considerable effort to do so), but saving and preserving our family history is my top priority. Here are 9 tasks that I do regularly to ensure our family history is captured and preserved for my children, grandchildren, and cousins.




Here are nine ways that I preserve family history for my descendants.
  1. Scanning family photos and organize them
  2. Photographing possessions of myself and my children's ancestors
  3. Keeping a family journal / blog
  4. Writing the stories of my ancestors using A Recipe for Writing Family History
  5. DNA testing of myself, my brother, and my aunts (if I win the lottery, I'll test more relatives)
  6. Organize my physical and digital files
  7. Creating scrapbooks of our family life and the lives of our ancestors
  8. Upload sources, memories, and documents to FamilySearch
  9. Creating video segments about our ancestors and our lives

Sometimes a list isn't sufficient. Below you'll find videos, posts, and books that detail how I do each of these steps.   I'll share a few lines to my favorite tips and invite you to tackle some of these preservation / sharing projects with your descendants. You'll be glad you did!

1. Scanning family photos and organize them

A 5-minute photo collection organization and labeling tutorial. Click here

Tips on labeling hard copy photos. Click here. 

Tips on preparing to scan photos. Click here


2. Photographing possessions of myself and my children's ancestors

Photographing a Shiny Family History Treasure
Photograph your treasures. To read about this example Click here. 


3. Keeping a family journal / blog

Busy Mom Journaling Hack
Preserve your family history in a blog book.
To learn more, click here to read. 


4. Writing the stories of my ancestors using A Recipe for Writing Family History

I've turned 120+ ancestor's names, dates, and places
into stories. To learn how you can as well, click here



5. DNA testing of myself, my brother, and my aunts 


Andy talked me into taking a DNA test and I'm glad I did.
Watch his video to learn which testing company to use.

6. Organize my physical and digital files

Tips on how I use RootsMagic to Organize my digital data so I can write,/
click here. 

7. Creating scrapbooks of our family life and the lives of our ancestors

A revised edition of this popular book is in the works
until that time, check out this series of scrapbooking posts
by clicking here

8. Upload sources, memories, and documents to FamilySearch

My son shares his tips on how to upload memories to
FamilySearch. Click here to watch the video.


9. Creating video segments about our ancestors and our lives

Here's a video I shared at a recent family reunion
about my grandfather-in-law.


There are so many things you can do to preserve family history for your descendants. Pick something and begin. Then, you can add additional projects as the mood strikes.

Thanks Elizabeth O'Neal for the June Blog Party challenge. Here's her intro to the party "Whether you’ve been researching your family history for 3 years or 30 years, your research is precious to you. Think about how hard you’ve worked: the brick walls, the emails from previously-unknown cousins, the late night happy dances, What will happen to your research after you’re gone?"
To contribute to the party, write a post, visit the Party Hub at this link: June Blog Party: Remember the Descendants. 
The visit and comment on other blog party contributor's posts and enjoy the inspiration. 

Comments

  1. Those are some great tips, Devon Noel - thank you for sharing them in the June Genealogy Blog Party! Now... to find the time to do them... :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Elizabeth... the trick is to not do them all at once. Space them out. Thanks for stopping by.

      Delete
  2. Wow, a lot of excellent ideas here, and I'm going to follow up especially on the video segment project, which I've never tried. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Marian... I hope you will try to make a video. Be sure to share a link with me when you finish it.

      Delete
  3. Loved your post! I have not yet graduated to videos, however, they really made your post pop.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Amy! I've played with videos on and off for sometime. Once you take time to learn them, it's really fun.

      Delete
  4. These are all great ideas! I especially liked the video idea. I had not thought of that.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love all your videos and especially love that your son is starring in one of them. :)Love how your book cover turned out, too. I remember a couple of months ago when you asked for feedback on FB.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Linda. The crowd input really helped me learn so much!

      Delete
  6. Great ideas, Devon. I TRY to keep up on these things, but it sort of goes in stops and starts. Well, as long as I whittle away,
    I guess it is progress!

    Melissa Finlay

    www.boundlessgenealogy.com
    www.finlayfamily.org

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment