Here are 8 of dozens of unique ways we suggest to share and video the priceless family stories, history and personalities at your next family gathering or visit:
If you don’t record it, you, your extended family and future generations will long regret it. Think of the treasured meaningful video recordings that you don’t have because someone didn’t take the initiative make it happen or an elder didn’t think anyone cared what he had to share, or that the activity wasn’t worth recording.
There are millions of people searching for snippets of their family history through websites like Ancestry.com You hold the key to the questions that current and future generations want to know about those who are still around to share their memories, skill and advice.
♦ Grandma reads to future and perhaps current children in the extended family.
Using books from previous generations makes it more meaningful. Read books for a variety of age levels.
♦ Grandma teaches the meaning of special words and phrases from her heritage to strengthen the ethnic identity of the grandchildren.
♦ Grandpa demonstrates how he makes his famous pot roast, or any other thing family might periodically do his way to remember him.
♦ Grandpa does a show and tell with the items in his tool box and shows how to use his tools that the grandchildren will inherit one day.
♦ You show the Ellis Island documents and heirlooms you inherited from your elders.
♦ People tell about shared adventures and fond memories in groupings.
♦ An extended family talent show, at a reunion, is fun and showcases traditional, fun and strange talents.
The Johnson family sings, niece Emily plays the violin, Cousin Mike shows how to do some magic tricks, brother Sid shows how he makes paper hats and shadow puppets and you do the tap dance you learned as a child.
♦ Everyone participates to remember and fill in the missing parts of a large family tree. People bring their documents and family pictures to fill in the details.
♦ Individuals or groups sit around a table and share the back-stories of old family pictures they brought to share and
learn about. (who, what, when where, how and what was happing before and after the picture was taken)
♦ Downsizing – Show and tell about your memorabilia and collectables that you need to get rid of, as you downsize in preparation to
move to a smaller place.
♦ Be interviewed by a loved one to create an in-depth video memoir. See our detailed list of questions to get started.
♦ Share or read your personal wisdom and advice. “This, I believe…”
For inspiration read and listen to some of the thousands of “This I Believe” essays recorded by everyday Americans.
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