SignOn SanDiego’s Family Holiday Survival Advice

Love this lead-in: “Instead of fixating on how aggravating [family] can be, focus instead on how interesting they actually are.” Thus begins Jennifer Davis’s overview of ways to preserve family stories. [via Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings]

There are lists of resources, and an overview of the formats.

Alas, this one bit of caution isn’t warranted, really:

Audio recordings are fine but be aware that changing technologies could pose a problem in the future. Just ask any family that recorded their oral history on a cassette tape.

As long as your audio recording is an accepted, well-known format, such as AIFF or WAV, you’ll be okay. Just make multiple copies, burn multiple disks. The biggest risk is data loss.

Davis lists people who provide services and locations for equipment rental and the like. This site has an equipment section that discusses most major audio equipment types. And check out my equipment store, too, which focuses on audio equipment.

Jennifer Davis provides an excellent (and realistic!) piece of advice I heartily agree with—

It’s tempting to think you can get all the work done at this year’s holiday gathering, but experts say it’s better to approach people individually when they are less likely to be distracted.

Yes. And again, Yes. I say this having gathered with lots and lots of family members for Dad’s memorial. The people and their collective memories were gathered, but it was not the time and the place for any in-depth sharing of memories.

But the big holiday family gathering is the perfect place to plant the seed of an idea for a later one-on-one interview.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on December 12, 2009 in • Do it: Yourself
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