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BOOK - Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories
By Thomas MacEntee
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia , 2014
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc.

Softcover...16.00 (C$)

Many of us got our start in tracing and preserving our family history based on a story, perhaps one you heard as a child. Do you remember how engaging that story was? Was it the story itself or how the storyteller presented the information? Whatever the reasons, the story had an impact and if not preserved on paper or in an audio recording, that story is somehow preserved in your mind.

Fast forward to the 21st century and it seems that 'what's old is new again' with storytelling one of the hot buzz words. The fact is that oral history and storytelling involves family, and ancestry has been around ever since humans walked the earth. Before writing forms existed and even as recently as the early 20th century with a lack of vital records, family history was preserved as oral history.

'Preserving Your Family's Oral History and Stories' provides you with all the information on the latest methods and tools used to capture and preserve those family stories. In addition, once you've learned how easy it is to build a family archive of stories, you'll want to share them with others using the tips and tricks provided in this book.

  • What is 'oral history' and why is it important to families?
  • Getting started: a checklist for family oral history preservation
    • Communication and scheduling
    • Recording devices and platforms
    • Interview questions and prompts
    • Sharing questions and prompts
    • Follow up materials
  • A review of oral history recording tools
    • Audio
    • Video
    • Writing
    • Other
  • Interviewing family members
    • Tips and tricks for interviewing family members
    • Interview ideas from an expert: Kim Weitkamp
    • Sample interview questions
  • Organising and producing your family's story
    • Take inventory of your content
    • Create a project and task list
    • Modularise the story via story boarding
    • Use a timeline
    • Keeping things organised and accessible
  • Incorporating existing content
    • Converting old home movies, audio recordings, slides and video
    • Photos and images can tell stories too!
    • Add in the uncommon and unexpected
    • Remember to use platforms that offer options
  • Modern methods for oral history preservation and sharing
    • Digital storytelling platforms (Saving Memories Forever, Treelines)
    • Blogs and websites (Blogger, WordPress, Weebly)
    • Self-Published books (Lulu, Stories To Tell books)
    • Video (reel Genie)
    • Get Creative! (Heritage Cookbooks, Photo books, DIY gifts)
  • Privacy issues: oral history and family stories
    • Published or private
    • Document the process
    • Tips on preserving stories and protecting privacy
  • Ensuring your family's legacy
    • Data backup basics
    • Future proofing your data
    • Keep the legacy train moving forward
    • Tips and tricks for oral history preservation
  • On being the family story keeper
    • Technology and story keeping
    • Family storytelling: a journey of discovery
    • The time is now
  • Conclusion
  • Resource list
    • Getting started: a checklist for family oral history preservation
    • A review of oral history recording tools
    • Interviewing family members
    • Organising and producing your family's story
    • Incorporating existing content
    • Modern methods for oral history preservation and sharing
    • Privacy issues, oral history and family stories
    • Ensuring your family's legacy
Paperback: 36 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Illustrations (colour)
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2014
ISBN 9781921956386

About the author: Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. He lives in Chicago. As well as being a genealogy professional, Thomas is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. He has built his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy and also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavour, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who likes to teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. He offers a variety of skills and services to others: speaking and lecturing, education, self-publishing, marketing, networking, market analysis, coaching, mentoring, and entrepreneurship. Thomas has written seven books and is editor of close to 100 books and guides.

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