How to Preserve Your Memories from your Mobile Devices

I list a lot of apps at OnGenealogy. Especially apps intended to help you connect with family. But in case your family is like mine and isn't interested in more "family time" or "connections" I'll show you my go-to solutions for preserving the memories we make in this modern world.

 

I've got three brothers, a husband, two boys, and two male dogs. The only ones looking to spend more quality time with me are the dogs. 😂 The most I can hope for is to preserve the communication we have, in whatever form it's delivered.

 

We use Apple devices and we use Mac and PC computers. If you use Android devices, these ideas still apply, your transfer process is just simpler.  My primary methods of communication are: Phone Calls Text Messages MarcoPolo messages Social Media

 

Phone Calls

Phone calls are like any other unrecorded conversation. Practically speaking, they're gone, stored only in the ripples of our brains. Fortunat…

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How to Create Engaging Family Histories

My favorite part of RootsTech was learning different ways to create engaging family histories--family histories our children will be interested in.

Here's one example, from a class taught by Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems. Her class was titled, Video Magic: Creating Brilliant Videos Quickly & Easily. She shared many methods for creating slideshows to tell the stories of our ancestors in digestible snippets.

This was my first go at this type of slideshow, and it was probably overly-ambitious to try to sum up 80 years of life in a 3-minute slideshow (my choice, not her recommendation). I used Animoto Memories with a professional license. They also have a Personal license for $5/month that will leave the Animoto logo at the end of videos and a Business license for $49/month that will give you accounts for up to 3 users.

You can use the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner to enlarge the video…

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Writing Your Personal History – Types of Histories and Apps and Storytelling Services to Get You Started

My favorite family history possessions are personal histories: Oral Histories, Autobiographies, and Biographies--in any shape or size.   They can be handwritten notes     or stories;     they can be spiral bound and typed     or hardbound and published;     they can be audio or video     comics or graphic novels     or they can simply be voice recordings.   Anything is better than this:     There are many ways to record and share your life story. It doesn't have to be grandiose or hard or expensive. I'll list some storytelling apps and professional service providers below, but my purpose in blogging about writing your personal history is to convince you to Just Do It!   If you feel stuck, read Writer's Block - How to Stop Making Excuses and Start Writing Your Personal History, otherwise, here are a few basics to consider when Writing Your Personal Histor…
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