Recording Family History Stories – tips from the Family History Guide

The Family History Guide’s Family Section is the place to go to find suggestions for preserving your family history stories. One idea is to interview parents and grandparents (or anyone!) while gathering in a story room at an LDS Family History Center. Be assured that your video recording will be of high quality and that assistants will be there to help. The Riverton Family History Center is near to our home so we use that location. Find a list of other locations here. Our family had a beautiful experience using the questions in the 52 Stories from Family Search to interview my parents. Their grandchildren and great-grandchildren took turns asking questions that they had decided upon ahead of time and written down. (The library also has a great list of questions to use.) Thinking about what to ask ahead of time avoided overlap and helped us learn about varied aspects of the lives of my parents and their family – our family! We now have this priceless interview recorded on a thumb drive (purchase these at the library before the recording session) which we will share with their posterity on The FamilySearch memories app using the audio tool. (see  Project “Memories” Goal 3) in  The Family History Guide). See this informative blog post for additional help: Using FamilySearch Apps to Record Oral Histories.

“That which I do not in some way record will be lost at my death, and that which I do not pass on to my posterity, they will never have. The work of gathering and sharing eternal family keepsakes is a personal responsibility. It cannot be passed off or given to another. A life that is not documented is a life that within a generation or two will largely be lost to memory. What a tragedy this can be in the history of a family. Knowledge of our ancestors shapes us and instills within us values that give direction and meaning to our lives.”

Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander Bridges and Eternal Keepsakes