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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