StoryCorps, a nonprofit oral history project, launched the National Day of Listening, a day when Americans are encouraged to make time to record the stories of family members, friends, and community members. It now regularly takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving — which means today!
StoryCorps has recording booths in some cities in the United States, and conducts mobile tours, where people can come and record interviews. These must be reserved ahead of time. It also has recommendations for equipment and resources for people to conduct their own interviews.
Take some time today to interview a relative and record that person's story. Better yet, make it a family event and have multiple interviews! Save family stories and pass them down to other family members.
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Friday, November 28, 2014
National Day of Listening
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