The Winner of the Family Story Home Run Contest is . . .

Saving Memories Forever Contest Winner

Congratulations to Janice Joblinski who was selected as the lucky winner in our recent Family Story Home Run Contest here at Saving Memories Forever. Janice will receive a $100 Amazon gift card just in time for holiday shopping!

Give the Gift of Storytelling with Saving Memories Forever

We are offering a holiday gift item ideal for anyone wishing to preserve and share their family history: the Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook.

It isn’t always easy to find a gift for certain family members, especially those that seem to have everything! Why not consider a Premium subscription to Saving Memories Forever and get your family involved with preserving memories one story at a time?

Recordings stored on Saving Memories Forever are categorized, private, secure, and permission based. The Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook is available for just $35. Click here for more information and to purchase gift certificates for that “hard to shop for” family member today.

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Saving Memories Forever Mentioned In Saturday Evening Post

Saturday Evening Post NovDec 2012

We’ve been noticed! Recently, Saving Memories Forever was mentioned over at the Saturday Evening Post in an article entitled Treasuring Memories about family history and the importance of capturing family stories as part of your research.  You can read the entire story here.

The author, Iyna Caruso, mentions that the holidays are a perfect time to get families to discuss family history and tell the stories that matter:

“. . . an ideal time to bring a family tree to life, it’s during the holidays, the traditional and sometimes only occasions, when multiple generations gather. Reminiscing about the good old days comes naturally.”

Resources for Family Stories

As a companion to the article, Caruso also lists a variety of different resources that can be used to not only research a family’s roots but also to capture its stories.  Click here for the list of resources which mentions Saving Memories Forever:

Prompt young children to be the interviewers. Their innocent questions and true wonder about the mysteries of that hard-to-imagine time before they were born can open up reticent elders to share stories they might never share with another adult. Encourage one of the younger family members to record stories using a video camera or smartphone. (Create an instant audio scrapbook using the free iPhone app Saving Memories Forever available at savingmemoriesforever.com.)

Give the Gift of Family Stories this Holiday Season

There’s no time like right now to get ready to capture all those family stories around the dinner table during the upcoming holidays.  You can purchase a Saving Memories Forever gift certificate and start your family on the path to preserving memories one story at a time.

Saving Memories Forever Makes a Unique Gift

Saving Memories Forever makes a great gift

Saving Memories Forever is offering a holiday gift item ideal for anyone wishing to preserve and share their family history: the Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook.

It isn’t always easy to find a gift for certain family members, especially those that seem to have everything! Why not consider a Premium subscription to Saving Memories Forever and get your family involved with preserving memories one story at a time?

The Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook provides users with an online portal to record family members and their favorite stories and save them in one secure and safe location. Combined with the new iPhone App from Saving Memories Forever, creating the scrapbook is extremely easy. The app links seamlessly to the www.SavingMemoriesForever.com website and is designed for anyone no matter how tech savvy.

Those without a smart phone can also create an audio scrapbook. Anyone with MP3 capability can upload their recordings. Recordings can also be downloaded from the Saving Memories Forever website to a computer. Subscribers can add photographs and other graphics to the website to share with the recordings.

“The holidays are a great time for family gatherings and what better way to preserve and share stories and memories than with an audio scrapbook. Everyone can be a storyteller. Whether it is a grandmother talking about an old family tale, a mom talking about her first date with dad, or a child talking about their first day at school, the combination of stories gives true insight into what a person was all about and is an invaluable oral tool for anyone interested in preserving family genealogy. Family members will want to hear these stories again and again. They will add to them and share with current and future generations,” said Harvey Baker, SMF President.

Recordings stored on Saving Memories Forever are categorized, private, secure, and permission based. The Saving Memories Forever Audio Scrapbook is available for just $35. Click here for more information and to purchase gift certificates for that “hard to shop for” family member today.

Announcing the Family Story Home Run Contest at Saving Memories Forever

Family Story Home Run Contest

Saving Memories Forever is pleased to announce its first contest! Enter the Family Story Home Run Contest at http://bit.ly/SMFcontest1 and you could be the lucky winner of a $100 Amazon gift card!

The contest is being run over at the Saving Memories Forever page on Facebook so first, you’ll need to click the Like button to access the entry form. Simply enter your first and last name and then enter your email for the Saving Memories Forever e-news and you’ll be automatically entered. And don’t forget to tell your friends on Facebook or via e-mail so they have a chance to win too!

The Family Story Home Run Contest runs from Monday, October 22, 2012, through Sunday, October 28, 2012 – click here to read the Contest Rules. The winner will be announced right here on Monday, October 29, 2012.

Saving Memories Forever – A Blogger of Honor!

Family History Expos Blogger of Honor

[Editor’s note: Saving Memories Forever is proud to be named a Blogger of Honor by Family History Expos for the upcoming Georgia Family History Expo!]

We’re proud to be named a Blogger of Honor by Family History Expos and we are in good company: you can check out all the Bloggers of Honor here.

If you’ve never been to a Family History Expo, you don’t know what you’re missing!  Why not treat yourself to a genealogy “immersion” and experience quality family history education, talk to a variety of vendors in the Exhibit Hall and network with others who share your passion about genealogy.

Georgia Family History Expo – Register Today!

If you are in the Atlanta area, the Georgia Family History Expo on November 9 and 10, 2012, at the Gwinnett Center will have the tools you need. Registration is still available – click here to register today!

You’ll find a variety of classes and workshops for beginning and intermediate genealogists and family historians as well as an exhibit hall filled with vendors selling genealogy books, products and services.

Visit Saving Memories Forever at the Georgia Family History Expo

There several ways you can interact with Saving Memories Forever at the upcoming Georgia Family History Expo:

  • Stop by Booth #4 in the Exhibit Hall during the expo and talk with Saving Memories Forever founder Harvey Baker. You’ll learn how you can use our free iPhone App to help capture your family stories and then share them with other family members on the Saving Memories Forever website. We hope to see you there!
  • Attend our lecture Recording, Preserving, and Sharing Your Family’s Oral History presented by Harvey Baker on Friday November 9, 2012, at 4:50pm and on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 10:00am. Click here to view the entire agenda and list of lectures for the expo!

We hope to see you at the Expo!

Oral Historians: Modern Day Firefighters?

Family Historians - Modern Day Firefighters

[Editor’s note: Genealogy professional and thought leader Thomas MacEntee ponders the role of the modern-day family historian as memory keeper and firefighter.]

Every time an old man dies it is as if a library has burned down.” African proverb

Recently, Family History Expos included the quote above in advertising its upcoming Georgia Family History Expo and whether you are a genealogist or not, it should make you stop and think. And besides taking that pause to ponder how losing our older relatives takes a toll on our family history, it should spur you to take action and become a modern day “firefighter.”

For those that realize what will be lost once a member of a family’s older generation passes away, the rush is on to collect as much information as possible.  This includes conducting interviews, identifying and scanning photographs and capturing those important family stories.  In our activities, hurrying to preserve family memories, we can often seem like someone putting out a fire.

An Old-Fashioned Bucket Brigade

Unfortunately, there are many people who haven’t sensed the potential loss and are totally unaware of what can and will be gone once that person dies. The challenge is to raise awareness now and enlist other family members to help keep the fire at bay.

Much like the bucket brigades of years gone by, with enough people and the right tools, you can preserve documents, photos and stories now and ensure that this legacy is passed down to the future generations.

Georgia Family History Expo – Early Bird Pricing Still Available!

Need help fighting those fires? If you are in the Atlanta area, the Georgia Family History Expo on November 9 and 10, 2012, at the Gwinnett Center will have the tools you need. Take advantage of the early bird pricing by October 9th for only $69.

You’ll find a variety of classes and workshops for beginning and intermediate genealogists and family historians as well as an exhibit hall filled with vendors selling genealogy books, products and services.

Come Meet Oral Historian Paul A. Adjei

At the Georgia Family History Expo, you’ll have a chance to meet and speak with special guest presenter Paul A. Adjei – CEO at Worldbiz Business. Adjei will share the spirit and purpose of his work collecting the oral histories of the Akan in West Africa. He will travel from his home of Kumasi-Ghana to teach two classes at the expo and participate in a panel discussion there with Fortune 500 executive and genealogist Bernard E. Gracy.

Visit Saving Memories Forever at the Georgia Family History Expo

Stop by Booth #4 in the Exhibit Hall during the expo and talk with Saving Memories Forever founder Harvey Baker. You’ll learn how you can use our free iPhone App to help capture your family stories and then share them with other family members on the Saving Memories Forever website.

In addition, we’ll be presenting a demo entitled Recording, Preserving, and Sharing Your Family’s Oral History on Friday, November 9, 2012, at 4:50 pm and Saturday, November 10, 2012, at 10:00 am. This class will present options for creating an audio record of your family’s stories. We will highlight a new system that makes it easy for anyone to record family memories and share them with relatives now and in the future. Based on a seamless interface between a SmartPhone and the Internet, this affordable approach is founded on the philosophy that oral family history is valuable and provides families with a rich and full view of a person’s life.

We hope to see you there!

Saving Memories Forever is a Roots Tech Exhibitor!

RootsTech

Can you tell how excited we are? Well, Saving Memories Forever has just learned that it will be an exhibitor at the upcoming RootsTech Family History & Technology Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 21-23, 2012.

This premier genealogy and technology event attracts thousands of attendees and hundreds of genealogy vendors over the three day conference. Saving Memories Forever is busy making plans for its booth as well as demos and other ways to show you how to share family histories one story at a time.

Look for more information soon including our booth number and location in the expanded Expo Hall at the Salt Palace Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you next March at RootsTech!

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