Family Search is “a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life.”  Family Search is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and maintains comprehensive genealogical records that are freely available to the public.  Family Search’s vision is that “learning about our ancestors helps us better understand who we are—creating a family bond, linking the present to the past, and building a bridge to the future.” As a result, FamilySearch.org has the world’s largest repository of genealogical and family history records in the world.

Legacy Stories‘ mission is “to provide a secure platform to archive personal testimonies that represent the living history of our time and the legacy of our ancestors while connecting families to share these stories regardless of geographical impediments.” As a Certified Legacy Advisor (CLA), I can digitize photos and related audio narratives for storage on the http://www.legacystories.org repository for you. Why is this important? Legacy Stories has recently partnered with Family Search. In the near future, you will be able to link the photos and audio to your family tree stored on Family Search, which will be searchable and available long after we’re gone.  Your descendants will not just be able to visit your gravesite, or see an old photograph book with you in it, if it is still available. They will be able to search for you by name, see how they are descended from you, see photos (and eventually video) that you designate as important, and hear your very own voice describing each photo. It will be like you are there with them. Imagine how exciting it will be for them!  Wouldn’t you like to be able to do this type of search and get results for your Great-Great Grandfather or Great-Great-Great Grandmother? I know I would!

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