Creating Family History Legacies With The Power Of Spoken Words:
The Victoria Genealogical Society is proud to announce the launch of a new and free internet based community memory project called Voices of the Past.
“Recent advances in technology has made genealogy research easier and more popular than ever” says Pat Acton, President of the Victoria Genealogical Society, “and now we can offer Voices of the Past as a free community service, to showcase the importance of recording and preserving family history stories and personal memoirs.”
Over the past year a team of dedicated volunteers from the Victoria Genealogical Society has been working to develop this internet based memory project. Voices of the Past was designed to provide senior citizens the opportunity to have their autobiographical stories recorded and preserved digitally along with accompanying photographs. Story topics and themes presented in these audio recordings may include family traditions, community celebrations, occupations, school days, military service and more. These stories and photographs are then published on the Victoria Genealogical Society’s Voices of the Past web pages (http://www.victoriags.org/voices) where family members, friends and others can enjoy them now and in the future, and from anywhere in the world.
“It’s an amazing legacy to leave your children and grandchildren with stories about their family as told by the person who was there.” says Merv Scott, Project Director for the Victoria Genealogical Society. “But there is another aspect to Voices of the Past that shouldn’t be overlooked”, continues Merv, “we’ve got a lot of experience working with seniors and we’ve seen how uplifting it is for seniors to tell their family history stories. It’s not surprising to us that clinical research has concluded that when seniors tell stories about their family history it boosts their self-esteem and reduces stress and anxieties.”
The first few stories that were recorded by volunteers from the Victoria Genealogical Society are now available on-line at www.victoriags.org. From there just click on the Voices of the Past button in the Quick Links section to be directed to the Voices of the Past home page where you can listen to family history stories from a number of themes presented there.
“It was an absolute privilege to hear these stories; they brought tears to my eyes” says Bart Armstrong, local military historian, “and in the very voices of those that were there instead of someone else telling how they thought it might have happened”.
The Greater Victoria Public Library has teamed up with the Victoria Genealogical Society to provide the general public with the opportunity to have their family story or their loved one’s family story recorded and posted to Voices of the Past.
2013 Recording session schedule:
Advance registration is required to reserve a recording session time slot. Register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- November 15th at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch;
- November 21st at the Victoria Genealogical Society’s Resource Centre;
- December 10th at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch.
Don’t miss these limited time opportunities to have your story, or your loved one’s story, recorded and posted to Voices of the Past.
The Victoria Genealogical Society is a non profit, volunteer run organization with a Resource Centre and Library located at 947 Alston Street, Victoria. For more information about Voices of the Past or their other programs and services visit their website at www.victoriags.org or email email@example.com.