By • 3 August 2020
Family histories have long been passed down from generation to generation, but exactly how accurate is the information you have been told about your ancestors?
Word of mouth can easily turn into Chinese whispers, while older images, videos and written correspondence can be lost, damaged or taken out of context.
Technology has largely solved the problem of protecting physical memorabilia, with the ability to digitize memories, bringing a plethora of benefits.
Digitizing the memories of your grandparents (or parents) is a great way to keep track of your family’s legacy. However you could be left to piece together important milestones and events from the information at hand if they have passed away.
If you are lucky enough to have grandparents still alive, you should speak to them about bringing all of their memories into the 21st century.
Not only will it act as a great bonding experience to bring your family legacy together, but it will help add detail to your future-proofed digital legacy.
Here are the top reasons why you should capture grandparents' memories while they are still alive:
Trying to understand the handwriting of grandparents can be hard at the best of times, so imagine trying to decipher letters and notes once they are gone.
Rather than trying to fill in the blanks, you can ask them to take you through an image to provide a more detailed description and background.
For an added element to the original context of the photo, you could also ask them how they feel about a certain event or person now years have passed since the moment it was captured.
You could film their reactions and make an additional video to go with their memories.
It might be too late to get first-hand accounts of all your ancestors digitized, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start doing it from now.Talking to your grandparents would be the best way to find out more about your family tree, while capturing the most meaningful memories and milestones of their own life.
It would be almost impossible to avoid learning something new about your family when digitizing your grandparents’ memory box.
Digitizing the memories of your grandparents is going to give you insight into your own family, but it could also help you learn more about the history of the world.
With all their years on this planet, your grandparents have lived through interesting times and would have information on key moments that shaped the world in which we live today.
Talking to your grandfather about his military records could show you more about WWII or you could get a better understanding of second-wave feminism from your grandmother.
Your family’s memories could also be shared to add context to wider historical collections.
Once the memories of your grandparents have been digitized, you could package some photos or a video as a surprise.
Use basic editing software and put together a short video, email them a slideshow.
A Memories page takes things one step further by acting as a vault, visual timeline and digital memory box for your now-digitized family history so it can be enjoyed by your children’s children.
Who doesn't love sharing stories from their past?
You can only imagine the delight a grandparent would feel when sitting down sifting through old memories with their children and grandchildren.
Not only will they feel good reliving sentimental moments with their family, but they will find peace knowing their story will live on for generations to come.
Kids who think the iPhone 5 is vintage tech might have some fun exploring the discontinued media formats such as super 8mm cameras, 8-track tapes or even wire recordings.
Maybe you could take your kids on a journey using a slide projector or fire up the old VHS recorder - don’t pretend like the nostalgia won’t be too hard resist.
Once you digitize the memories, you have them at hand to easily share with your own family or even your grandparents’ friends.
If you store your memories in the cloud, you can give access to family members - including tech savvy grandparents - so they can view or add content whenever they please.
Some programs allow you to add tags to locate pictures using keywords - you could find your grandparents’ wedding pictures in seconds at the next family dinner.
When your family see the knowledge and satisfaction you have experienced from digitizing memories, they could be inspired to do the same for themsleves.
If your entire extended family digitized their memories, you could combine all that information to develop an extensive digital family tree.
You could also inspire your friends to do the same for their parents or grandparents.
Digitizing photos, letters and video tapes with sentimental footage is a great way to safeguard your precious memories.
While you can still keep your physical copies, neither you or your grandparents will have to worry about floods, fires damage or deterioration ruining sentimental items.
Not only this, but you can all rest easy knowing meaningful moments from your family history are now safeguarded for generations to come.
Just remember to make a couple of backups for added security.