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Preserving Family Reunion Memories

Family Fun, Family History By June 23, 2017 Tags: , , No Comments

Family reunions help us celebrate our family, both past and present. But they’re also great for the future as well. These are the times we can gather in all the branches of our family tree to hear their stories, get to know one another, and preserve memories of each other. Those memories will be important in years to come, so it’s vital to save them now. Here are some ideas of how to save specific and treasured memories at your family reunions.

Photos

This should be a given at reunions, but it bears repeating: take lots of pictures! Scenery is nice, and depending on your personality should be photographed. But you should also take as many pictures as you can of your family. Whether posed or candid, snap a few whenever you have a camera. When you save them to your computer, be sure to keep track of the location, year, and who’s in the photo. Not just for future generations; sometimes those details can slip in just a few years, and kids grow up so fast!

Projects

Depending on how crafty your family gets, try doing something involving the whole family that you can hang onto for those memories. This might include using a paper tablecloth that everyone can write or draw on, so you can save their signatures or other little precious memories.

In weddings recently, it has become popular to have a printed tree in a frame on which guests press their inked thumbprint for posterity. You can do something like this for your whole family in the style of a family tree. This would also make a great gift to a grandparent or great-grandparent so they can see how large their family is.

Capture stories

Family reunions are a great time to tell stories, whether of ancestors long gone or just of the last year. Even with a whole family listening, those memories fade with time. So, have a way to record these stories, like voice memo apps on-hand or a digital camera running during storytime.

You should also encourage your family members to write down their own family reunion experiences. Not every fun story may be captured digitally in just the right moment, but that doesn’t mean it should be forgotten!

 

Whatever your family reunion activities, they should be remembered! Keeping track of little details and stories will benefit you in the future–as well as your family, present and future! How have you kept track of your family’s memories during a reunion? We’d love to hear from you!

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5 More Mobile Phone Photography Tips and Tricks

Family History By May 26, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

All of us have used our phones to take photos–whether of our family, of a sunset, or of interesting sights along a walk or hike. But they don’t always turn out great, sadly. That’s simply because many of us aren’t familiar with our phone’s capabilities, or how to enhance a photo without overdoing it.

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Common Beginner Photographer Mistakes

Photography By May 19, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Every photographer makes mistakes at the start. It’s the process of learning! However, those beginning mistakes can be frustrating. If you’ve tried to capture special, once-in-a-lifetime moments, only to have the photo look boring or blurry, you know how terrible this can feel. But it’s not too late to learn! These overviews of beginning mistakes will teach you how to improve your photography and avoid common rookie errors.

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Tips to Taking Panoramic Photos Using a Smart Phone

Photography By May 12, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

With digital cameras, it’s easy to capture the majesty of a mountain skyline or a spectacular sunset. All you have to do is digitally stitch them together into a panoramic photo. Sounds simple enough, right? Mostly, yes. But even digital panoramic photos can go wrong. Weird exposure differences and strange perspectives can still result from your smart phone. So how do you make your panorama turn out wonderfully using a smart phone?

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DNA Testing and Your Genealogy

Family History By May 5, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Over the years, genealogy sites have come out with an amazing array of new genealogy tools. One such tool, DNA testing, helps both casual researchers and experienced genealogists find their ancestors in a way you can’t find with simple records. DNA testing also has the great research benefit for people studying regional groups and migration patterns, or tracking down members of a diaspora.

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Identifying Unknown Family Photos

Family History By April 25, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

Not all of our ancestors were diligent about labeling their photographs. And sometimes, we have to face the difficult task of deciding and deducing who that is next to our great-grandma. But identifying unknown family members in your photos doesn’t have to be such a chore. It may not be the easiest job, but putting in the time can be highly rewarding!

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