Bring a Family Story to Life with Oral Histories

April 25, 2016  - by 
Bring a Family Story to Life with Oral Histories

Do you have a family member that tells the funniest family stories? I do. My Aunt Peg remembers important details about the lives of my grandparents—and more importantly about my deceased mother—that really bring me back to a formative time in my family’s history. Without my mom, Aunt Peg is my connection to the past. But what happens when Peg is no longer around?

Meet oral histories. Though it sounds like something your dentist might keep of your molars and bicuspids, an oral history is actually a verbal record of a single family story or a lifetime of experiences by someone who lived them. Oral histories are a very important part of family history.

Follow the simple tips in the following infographic to get started. More detailed instructions are available in an informative article on the FamilySearch Wiki.

4 Easy Steps to Bring a Family Story to Life with Oral Histories

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  1. I am 95 yrs + 8months old. I was baptized @ 9 yrs. My wife RUTH IRENE WINTERS is my wife. She was a non member and had lost her parents at 4 yrs. We were married before I served in WW II. During my service she lived with my parents & family, She bonded with my family {lars Martinews Jr}, My grandfather {Lars Rasmussen} and his 8 children. When I came home she was converted and baptized and we both learned together. I did not know about the Father in Heaven till I was 30. We have 5 children. One died when he was 29 yrs old.
    When I think of my wife, the 5th chapter comes to my mind. She was the wild olive branch grafted into the dead olive tree. She passed away at 86 and is buried in Weston, Idaho cemetery.The tree did not change but the fruit was delicious to the taste and very desireable.Most of my cousins became active and some held important positions in the church