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Huge Migrant Farm Workers Archive Posted on the UC San Diego Library Website

I spent some time on the Farmworker Movement Documentation Project website today, and found it absolutely fascinating. You may wonder why I’m posting a blog about the Farmworker Movement on a genealogy-related website. Well, because it was a very people-oriented movement – a movement that touched nearly all Americans, as well as many Mexicans, in […]

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Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History

Your living family members won’t be around forever. Preserving their stories and history while they are still alive is part of being a good family historian. Like learning to fill in a family group sheet, or learning to trace ancestors through print and online resources; so too, should every genealogist learn to capture their living […]

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Thanksgiving and Family Drift

Tomorrow is thanksgiving and I find myself looking back at the Thanksgivings of my past. Born in Washington State and surrounded by most of my extended family, we always got together with the full family at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But with the deaths of all of my grandparents and the growing up of my cousins […]

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Saving Memories Forever Announces First Community Outreach: American Widows Project

The following news release is from Thomas MacEntee: Saving Memories Forever proudly announces its first community effort. Starting February 11, 2013 Saving Memories Forever will sponsor a fundraising campaign on behalf of the American Widow Project. The fundraiser will run through the end of March 2013. The American Widow Project (AWP) is a non-profit organization […]

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ReelGenie a Finalist for the High-Profile SXSW Accelerator

The following News Release is from Thomas MacEntee: Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 30, 2013: ReelGenie, an innovator in digital storytelling, has been selected as a finalist for the high-profile SXSW Accelerator. The company, based in Washington, D.C., is among eight competitors selected from hundreds of applicants in the Social Technologies category. ReelGenie will unveil its […]

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Saving Memories Forever Launches Free Genealogy App for Android Devices

The following news release is from PRNewsWire: Now iPhones and Android Devices Can Be Used To Easily Record and Share Family History Through Audio Recordings SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 15, 2013 – /PRNewswire/: Saving Memories Forever™ (SMF), has just launched its new Android app. The application expands upon the previously introduced iPhone app, making interviewing and […]

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More Suggestions for Family Interviews

The following article was written by my good friend, William Dollarhide. Enjoy… Dollarhide’s Genealogy Rule No. 48: If you never ask the question, you’ll never know the answer. As a follow-up to my earlier article, If You Never Ask the Question, here are some more suggestions for interviewing your family members: ● One technique I […]

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Memories are Fragile & Easily Distorted

They say that five people can see the same event unfold and all remember what they saw differently. That’s bad enough, but now there’s solid evidence that our memories change with recall. That’s downright scary for the genealogist. I found an article posted in the October 21, 2012 edition of Tampa Bay Online to be […]

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Learning to Create an Oral History

FamilySearch.org recently posted an excellent blog pointing to resources for learning to capture an oral history. Here is an abstract from that blog: Online Resources for Learning About Creating Oral Histories October 16, 2012 By Guest Blogger With the advent of inexpensive digital voice recorders, it is now possible to make a direct digital recording […]

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Your Life & Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape—An Oral History

Sometimes the best description for a book is a short one. There is not always a need to elaborate on what simply is. So it is, with Your Life & Times: How to Put a Life Story on Tape—An Oral History Handbook. Despite its long title, this book can be summarized in just a few […]

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Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History

Recording Your Family History: A Guide to Preserving Oral History helps genealogist record living histories while they are still available. The introduction acquaints the reader with the “Life History Interview.” Effectively, audio or video interviews with family members, usually the older members speaking as though to a younger family member. The interview help capture, and […]

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Digital Storytelling gets a Boost from Storytree.me

I have long felt too many family historians overlook a precious piece of their family’s history, the living. When asked about why they got involved in family history, I have found most people respond, “because of the stories.” The problem is, we tend to get set in our ways and make excuses for never getting […]

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Ancestry.com Marks Black History Month with 250,000 New African American Records

The following news release was received from Anastasia Harman at Ancestry.com. I’ve added links to the records. Nearly 35 Million Americans Can Find an Ancestor in the World’s Largest Online Collection of African American Family History Records PROVO, UTAH (February 1, 2011) – In honor of Black History Month, Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family […]

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Oral Histories of Ellis Island Immigrants Now Online FREE at Ancestry.com – Also Search Immigration Records FREE Through the Labor Day Weekend.

The Eliis Island Oral Histories are now available at Ancestry.com. There will be no charge for accessing these files. In addition, Ancestry.com is making their immigration records available to the public at NO CHARGE through September 6 – that’s all the way through the Labor Day weekend. The following news release was received from Heather […]

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Florence, Arizona Library Participating in “Capturing Arizona’s Stories” June 1-20, 2009

Oral history is an integral part of genealogy. The Florence Community Library in Florence, Arizona is helping to capture those stories. The following excerpt is from an article in the Florence News section of the TriValleyCentral.com. … for the next three weeks, anyone who has ever thought about recording their family history firsthand now has […]

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