I realized my two-year old daughter would never have the chance to know her grandparents. And it wasn’t just my daughter … I was so wrapped-up in my career, I knew very little about my own family history
Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) January 15, 2013
The arrival of the New Year reminds people that time is fleeting – or as the old soap opera put it:
“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”
Well, thanks to the website LegacyStories.org, it’s now possible to archive and preserve cherished memories from those days and pass them on to children and grandchildren. In a sense, it allows people to save time in a bottle.
The site is the brainchild of two entrepreneurs, Tom Cormier and Dennis Slack. Both men learned first-hand the importance of preserving family histories. As Cormier put it:
“I come from a large family – ten kids – so my folks have lots of stories to tell and life lessons to pass on. But they’re getting up in years, and they won’t always be around to do so. As a baby boomer, the same goes for me. That reality got me thinking about a way to preserve those stories and life lessons before it’s too late, and make sure they survive the passage of time."
Stack’s experience was even more intense. He lost his father and watched helplessly as his mother suffered the debilitating ravages of Alzheimer’s. The loss caused him to rethink his priorities.
“I realized my two-year old daughter would never have the chance to know her grandparents. And it wasn’t just my daughter … I was so wrapped-up in my career, I knew very little about my own family history.”
While technology has made it fairly simple to record audio and video of family members, audio and video tapes, computers and flash drives have proven to be notoriously poor methods of archiving. Cormier says that’s where the cloud-based LegacyStories.org archival website comes in:
“Most of us have learned the hard way not to trust our most cherished memories to our computers. LegacyStories.Org provides a free archival depository where people can save, share and preserve those memories over time.”
The LegacyStories site was one of the first to be certified by FamilySearch.org, the world's largest collection (3.5 billion records and counting) of free ancestor records. That certification allows members to link their stories to the records of family members in the FamilySearch database.
The site's signature feature is the ability to upload vintage photos and record a narrative describing the photo with the user's own computer microphone, essentially creating talking photos.
"We keep old family photos because they're so special and meaningful to us, but the people in them may as well be strangers to our grandchildren", Stack points out. "With our system, members can give voice to their photos, telling the story behind the event or about the special person."
Cormier adds, "At some point, we all start to think about our legacy. Well, LegacyStories allows people to do much more than think about it -- it gives them a place to preserve their family legacy, and pass it on to succeeding generations."