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March 12, 2008

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Genealogy Guru

I think it is so wonderful how many tools we have for tracing back our family roots. I've done a lot of work with my own genealogy, but I need to get out there and start helping others. One of the hardest parts (as you seem to know ;) is getting started!!

I do have a question though. More recently I've been wondering about preserving my own records (journals, for instances) for my posterity. I found this website, www.life-history-videos.com, which helps people preserve their memories through video tapes. Would you say that this is an important step in genealogy too?

Larry Lehmer

You're right, G.G., despite all the tools at our disposal, taking that first step is the hardest part of researching family history. At the very least, we should be making the records of our life journey accessible to future generations. Video adds that extra dimension of literally seeing and hearing our family stories. The biggest problem is the constantly changing technology. It can be a real chore to convert film to tape to digital to whatever is coming next.

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