Marian Spencer | Mar 22, 2018

7 Easy Ways to Save Your Memories

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just hook our brains up to our computers and store all of our memories instantly? Unfortunately, technology isn’t quite there yet, but there are still ways to store your memories, both digitally and physically. In her 2017 RootsTech presentation, Angie Bush, MS, Region 1 Director for the National Genealogical Society, suggests several easy ways you can do this.

1. Facebook

There are plenty of reasons to store your memories on Facebook. Here are a couple:

  • First, you can upload as many photos as you want, and they won’t bog down the memory on your devices.
  • The captions feature can come in handy, too. For every album and image you upload, you can record who took the photo, where it was taken, your thoughts and feelings, etc.
  • Now, maybe the idea of storing everything on Facebook seems a little too public (fair enough). Did you know, though, that you can make your photo albums private? You can even customize the settings so that only certain people can view your photos.

You may not want to depend on Facebook as the sole location of your photos. But keep this in mind: if/when your home computer crashes, your Facebook account isn’t affected. Your photos and videos will be safe and sound!

2. Video

Remember when home videos were a fairly new thing? When you had to dig through boxes of tapes when you wanted to rewatch them? Welcome to the digital age! Not only are home videos easy to make, but they’re easy to access, too. No boxes needed. Sure, some moments are meant to be enjoyed without somebody whipping their device out, but if the kids are cracking you up, that may be something you want to remember forever (or blackmail them with later).

3. Write It Out

You don’t have to be a novelist to get your thoughts down on paper. Even if your journal consists of a few roughly written bullet points a day, writing things down as you experience them will help you recall them with more accuracy in the future.

Keep in mind, too, that these days you’ve got more options than a spiral-bound notebook. There are several online-journal apps available for free, not to mention Microsoft Word, Notes, or whatever else you use jot things down. It all comes down to personal preference. This RootsTech article lists three ways to keep a digital journal.

4. Have a Family Member Interview You

Sometimes asking the right questions is all it takes to unlock someone’s memories. Who’s to say you can’t ask someone to help you unlock yours? For the entertainment of a grandchild or the benefit of a close friend, have them interview you—just don’t forget to record the interview.

Hold, on, though! Your interview can be more than just a sound file. For example, Saving Memories Forever is an app and website that allows you to attach images and documents to your interview. Check out this and other helpful tools in the following article: “7 Fantastic Storytelling Tools and Apps.”

5. Print Them Out

Just because this is the “digital age” doesn’t mean hard copies are out the window. For example, let’s say you dropped your iPhone in the bathtub while you were scrolling through Instagram (we’ve all done it). If you lose the phone, you lose the photos in your camera roll. Having hard copies stored away could save you a lot of grief!

Back in the day you had to get photos developed. How do you print them now? The Rising Tide Society tracked down a few options, including one that automatically sends an album of your photos to your home address every month.

6. Share Them with Others!

One great way to preserve your memories is to make sure you’re not the only one who’s got them. By sharing your story with others, you’re adding another measure of security—and you’re giving your loved ones a chance to get to know you better. As we mentioned, social media can be a great way to do this, but how you choose to share your memories is up to you.

7. All the Above

Putting all of your trust in one location is a disaster waiting to happen. What if your computer crashes? What if Facebook suddenly disappears (okay, but seriously)? What if a pair of sticky little hands decides to go through grandpa’s old photo boxes? There are plenty of reasons to keep your memories stored in more than one place. Don’t forget, too, that the point of keeping your memories safe is so others can eventually enjoy them. So, spread them out, make them easy to find!

Marian Spencer

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