My sons love visiting their grandparents on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We’re headed there for the holidays. Even when it’s windy and freezing, we climb up Jockey’s Ridge, the largest natural sand dune on the east coast. From there you can view both the Albemarle Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
Lighthouses also rank high on our list of favorite places to explore as a family.
This year I plan to explore family history by interviewing my father-in-law. I hope to entice my sons into helping ask questions. During our drive there, I’ll be dropping tidbits about their grandad’s life – living in the Philipines as the son of a Navy chaplain, living in both Washingtons (the state and the District of Columbia), and being stationed with his wife and kids in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army during the Cold War in the early 1960s.
We’ll record interviews using my smartphone, with a digital recorder as backup. But, to make it worth our while, I need to have a plan for saving the memories and sharing them with the boys’ cousins. I want to be sure the next generation knows about the stories.
So, I’m going to use the Ancestor Video Organizer from my Ancestor Story Video Starter Kit. The helps me to jot down story ideas, note sound recordings, and identify photos to enrich the story and keep it all organized while I finish making the video.
You can use the Ancestor Story Video Starter Kit, too. Get it here.
Here’s to making happy memories during the holiday season.
“The Sand Dunes, Nags Head, N.C.” Hooper Brothers, Elizabeth City, N.C. In North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/nc_post/id/9617
Margaret Eves, 2004. Noah and Maggie Take In View from Currituck Beach Lighthouse.