Q & A

Why should I do a video genealogy? - Iris D

It provides a real opportunity to know a person as never before. It is not just a written story, but a live action event of that special person, or persons; such as a husband and wife or parents an children. It allows you to enjoy the the color and personality of the person, or persons as they really are. The genealogy section unlike( this is your life), it relates how famaily members fit in on the family tree. They may decide to enter in the picture by generation and age and discuss who is related to who, and pictures may fill in for those who cannot attend or who are deceased. A genealogy chart is provided on the cd.

Is the video life history and genealogy strictly directed at the elderly population? - Ron M

Not at all, the recording is meant for people of all generations . The video can begin wherever you wish to start, from young on, adding on adding to you or another as the chapters of life unfold. Just pick out some of the related 100 plus questions or make some of your own.

I want to keep things simple, do I need to go all out knowing all the things you have in the CD? - Alice B

No, In many cases simple is the best. It would be good to follow the guidelines of lighting, sound, and location to get a nice appearing video. Work with your imagination.

How can I assemble the video and prints myself? - Mike R

There are simple photo and video editing software available for those who are able to operate the computer, starting for around $20.00 and up.


Why would some one be interested in doing this? - Susan S

It may be for your children to view how you lived your life, your views of things, why you did some things, and your feelings about matters. It may be a chance to say things that may never be said again. There is nothing worse than saying "wish I would have asked him or her about that", after it is too late! This tape offers a chance to do a bit of self-reflection as you change through the years.


What programs are needed to run this CD-Rom on my computer? - Donald C

All you need to run this CD-Rom on your computer is a CD-Rom drive, Macromedia Flash Player, and Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can click on any of these links to download the software for free.


Can I use this CD to start a small business? - Phil V

I think so. Many people might like the idea about videotaping a life history but don't want to do it themselves. You may develop a family tree chart have the special person make comments about deceased family members they recall, add pictures and have living family members on the tree make comments about themselves. You can take your video business to a new level. There are many subjects to work with. School projects, video inventory, video scrapbooking, hobbies, sports, cooking, motorcycling, collections, health discussions, military experiences, video blogging, pet video's, health issues, and lots more.


What if the special person is reluctant to do a video life history, or genealogy? - Mary S

Many people may not want to be on video for a multilude of reasons, "I just don't look good, I don't know what to say, I'm not feeling well", you name it. You may say this is just for the family to see it, or they would appreciate it so much, it's for family history. What ever is said make it the truth so no feelings are hurt. You may have the luxury of asking only a few questions. You may ask what is your favorite story or experience to get them rolling. A short piece of the person in real life video is better than nothing. If all fails an audio cassette may be the ticket. The questions on the CD will be helpful.


What if I cannot create a genealogy or have the time? - Rich M

There are many genealogy organizations or individuals that can support your needs; ask for examples of their work, the cost, and explain how much you would like to have done.

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