After we have interviewed, gathered stories, and digitized the supporting photos and videos we will compile them into a video and then a book. Everything you have done so far now needs to be transferred to a computer. Put it into a file that you can easily find as needed. Under ‘Documents,’ make a new file bearing the family name. Within that file you can place jpegs, videos, and transcripts. You can always add new files within that file should you want to get more specific with an individual.
You’ll want to make your video between 10 and 30 minutes with an introduction and an ending. Most often, the grandparents, great grandparents and great-great-grandparents on one side of your family can be condensed into one video. Your parents however may need one of their own – or each parent may need their own! Why? In most cases, the family stories beyond the ones you lived yourself or your parents told you about are gone. We can no longer capture those eras by first-hand accounts. Let’s not let that happen again! We have the technology to capture and save the family history for many generations to come IF we make it a priority and follow through.