How to Record Family Stories & Photos

A family history priority is gathering stories & records from family members while we still can.   This Thanksgiving my mother-in-law started talking about her ancestors from Norway. She's the oldest living relative on her side of the family and she was telling stories from her childhood no other living family would know or remember. We panicked and asked for a Thanksgiving Day redo. After picking up her family albums, we asked her to tell us what she remembered about each photo and we recorded her stories, scanned the photos, and uploaded them to FamilySearch on their Memories page.     A great place to record and store family stories is FamilySearch. It's completely free and there's never a charge for storing photos, audio files, or stories. Even better, anyone who creates a free FamilySearch account can search the entire body of tagged photos/stories/documents, so it's an easy way to share with extended family (rather than using Dropbox, etc). &nb…
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Family History Month – Day 16 Sign up for the Worldwide Indexing Event!

Get ready for the Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22!   Family History research can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.       Indexing creates a digital, searchable record of an older historical record, and is like tying a ribbon to that needle in the haystack, allowing it to be found with ease.   The Worldwide Indexing Event October 20-22 is a great time to give back to the family history community. I once heard an indexer explain what motivated him. He was indexing records for children in an asylum. They were called "inmates." Inmates. He had this visual image of a child behind prison bars, unable to find his or her family. Even if someone knew to look for these children, finding the right record source would be like searching for a needle in a haystack. He realized that every name he indexed was like tying a ribbon to one of these needles. By donating a bit of time to type old records into computer fields and ma…
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#FamilyHistoryMonth – check out FamilySearch!

October is Family History Month in the U.S. and OnGenealogy will celebrate the month by spotlighting a different genealogy website each day!   On Day 1 take a look at FamilySearch.org and all it has to offer.                 FamilySearch is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is free for everyone to use. Things to do at FamilySearch: Build a free family tree on the shared family tree site Upload a family tree you control but others can see Search more than four billion records for free                       Upload family photos Search for photos and stories of your own kin Upload stories and memories of your family with or without photos Create free family tree keepsakes               …
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