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Tip of the day...Think of the future

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Malcolm Report 7 Nov 2012 16:49

I used my little Olympus digital recorder to collect conversations from my Mum before she sadly began to "lose the plot" a couple of years ago. 30 + treasured conversations.

I've collected and digitised as many family photos as I can find. I have several dozen downloaded certificates and hundreds of gravestone pictures from churchyards.

MY GR tree is a thousand strong and I believe very reliable. Ive made frequent Gedcoms and dated them.

I've written copious notes about my research and shorthand, all on WORD.

The whole lot is on memory sticks and the master copy is on two separate computers where it is updated regularly.

Now then. How long before USB 3, 4, 5,.... format comes in and these memory sticks are about as playable as wax cylinders? :-(


DazedConfused Report 7 Nov 2012 11:43

Nudges :-D


Chrissie2394 Report 7 Sep 2012 20:52

This is a fascinating thread.

I too wished I'd started this journey earlier, fortunately I didn't leave it too late and my nan has been a great help. Understandably at 102 she now can't remember much more.

As a child, I was a ware that my paternal grandfather had been killed in the Creswell mining disaster. What I wasn't aware of was that his body wasn't recovered for 11 months, his was second to last to be recovered. How sad was that.



Joy Report 5 Sep 2012 16:47



DazedConfused Report 4 Mar 2012 14:40

Nudge :-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 21 Jan 2012 14:58

:-D :-D :-D


Jonesey Report 30 Nov 2011 16:07

:-D :-D :-D


TootyFruity Report 15 Jan 2011 19:12



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Katie Report 15 Jan 2011 19:05

and nudge again!


Katie Report 15 Jan 2011 18:59

and nudge again!


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nuttybongo Report 19 Nov 2010 20:21

hi there
It is a great idea. Have been researching for about 10 years and have just finished writing my grans story. Have about 170 A4 pages> Have looked into publishing, but alas so far have not got very far. I will keep going though. Good writing everyone. x


LakesLass Report 18 Nov 2010 13:41

Just been reading through this thread again. It really makes me wish we had spoken more to my Dad about his family before he died (over 20yrs ago) but you never think about it all when you're young.
My mum never knew her father in law and no-one ever spoke about it during 1940's.
Dad was one of 5 and his mum was widowed early in the 1930's. Her husband was one of 9 but all I know of my grandfather was that he was a chef and restaurantuer and later trained as a master carver - all in London.
I would dearly love to find out more but keep drawing a blank. Ho Hum.


Cooper Report 15 Nov 2010 20:07



Amanda2003 Report 13 Nov 2010 22:23

Pam ( ever the optimist ) ,
I think you are quite right . I never knew my Grandfather , he had scribbled down a " family tree" on a scrap of paper , in pencil with no dates or places . It "came" to me when I was 20 , I had a vague interest and kept it . Since the advent of all these records on the www I have " proved " his tree and expanded it beyond my wildest dreams .

I've written down in a folder all the little bits of information that my Mother once told me about various family members , things she was told by her parents and Grandparents , anything really to put a little flesh on their long gone bones .

I talk to all my children / Grandchildren about their ancestors ( I'm sure they roll their eyes and groan when I do ) but ....when I'm dead and gone , one of them will become the " keeper of the scrolls " .....and so it goes on .


Nannylicious Report 13 Nov 2010 17:36

I think that people approach research into their family history from a variety of angles. Don't despair if the younger generation don't seem to show much interest. After all, chances are the research was carried out for your own reasons or out of a personal love for family history. This should be reward in itself.

I guess it is human nature to take our living relatives for granted somewhat and while the younger members of our families may not show much interest now, they might do so later. Even though I was very close to my dad, there are so many questions now that I wish I could ask him. Moreover, there is so much I wish I could tell him about his ancestors that I have only found out in the 10 years since he died.

I'm sure that once the boxes of bits of information have been recorded in a legible manner,it will be there for many future generations and,who knows? perhaps the one who carries the banner forward has yet to be born!

Pam (ever the optimist!)