Grandpa is getting older as each year passes and you’re starting to wonder how many more years you’ll be able to spend quality time together. Now might be the right time to hire a personal historian to help you capture Grandpa’s heart and spirit to share with future generations.
Here are a few things to consider when questioning if now is the time to create a permanent record of those memories and life stories, and whether you can do it yourself or you need professional help.
1. Need Help Organizing Old Photos
You have a box of unlabeled photos in the closet, and you can’t identify some of the people, places or dates. At least some of those photos contain priceless family history. But it will be lost to time once the people who know about them are gone.
2. Have a Unique Family History
You love listening to some of Grandpa’s stories. However, they’re getting to be the same few stories over and over, and you realize you don’t really know much else about his life. A guided personal history will take him through his life from the beginning. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn.
3. Have Famous 0r Adventurous Ancestors
Much of a family’s legacy lies in the personalities and histories of people who are now long gone and remembered by only a few. Wouldn’t it be great to hear Grandpa tell about his own favorite relatives from his childhood?
4. Family Archives are Located in Multiple Places
You have several old photos, old home movies, memorabilia but it doesn’t tell a narrative story in its unorganized state. You realize, preserving your loved one’s life stories is more complicated that you imagined.
5. Capture Memories for Your Children
Your children are now or will soon be having children of their own, and you wonder how well they’ll remember Grandpa. Never mind their children. A beautifully designed custom book, video, or both is a wonderful gift to share with future generations.
6. Technology and Videography aren’t Your Forte
You’ve often thought of getting out the tape recorder to capture some of those life stories, but it just hasn’t happened yet. And then there is the mind-boggling mystery of what format to record so that it will be of sufficient quality and accessible to the entire family. Where to start?
7. A Personal Historian will Enhance Your Legacy
You have a video camera and can do this yourself. But a personal historian will bring the knowledge and experience to make Grandpa look and sound his very best with professional video and audio equipment, proper lighting and a well-crafted, personalized interview outline.