I got an interesting e-mail this morning and I thought I’d throw it out there for discussion.Â It brings up a very interesting and valid concern for all of us as weÂ try to preserveÂ the story of our families. Here’s what Jana had to say:
My adult children often say, “I’m blogging this!”Â You know, we genealogists cherish old diaries, letters, family bibles, talking 8 mm film and photos and the like.Â They all contain such useful information of a life lived.Â I have old color slides and old video tapes that I need to digitize.Â
But,Â I wonder how we are going to incorporate e-mail, Facebook, My Space, Digg, the contents of iTunes or a MP3 player and countless other things, into our childrens’ growing electronic genealogy? Isn’t that part of their lives–”the Dash between the dates?” We need a magic, dynamic hyper-link!Â Â
Let me give you an example. I have a daughter-in-law, a war widow from this current war, that blogged her courtship with her first husband–and so did he!Â There was a gap of about two years, while she mourned, without any mention of his death in 2004Â and then the blogging resumed when my middle son began dating her. It’s a part of her life, her recent past.Â And for me, it is intertwined with my Family.Â Not only is she my daughter-in-law, her late husband was my youngest son’s best friend–and my Grandson is named after him!Â Â
Electronic records…it’s something to think about….and something that needs to be resolved.
So how are you preserving your family’s “electronic diaries” and memorabilia? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject. Please post your ideas in the comments section.