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October 10, 2012

OK kids, settle down.

Here’s a short clip I put together as an experiment.

I wanted to see if I could tell a story without narration of captions. The story is this…My Mom entered a nationwide contest in 1935 for the dedication plaque to go on Mount Rushmore. She won 1st in the High School division and won a bronze medal in the overall contest. This is that story


This clip was put together with about half the stuff from my Mom and the rest from archival material.

I got the idea watching the Disney movie “Up”. In the first few moments of the film the entire story of the couple’s life was told without any dialog.

This is an example of the kind of work-arounds you have to do when you don’t have personal interviews with family members. If I had taken the time to record my Mom telling this story it would have been so much better. So my mistake is a lesson to all you Videalogists out there. Get those interviews recorded even if you don’t know what to do with them just yet!

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Denise Spurlock
October 11, 2012 3:40 pm

Well done! I enjoyed the story.

What a great video and tribute to your mom’s accomplishment!

Just wanted to let you know that your post is listed on today’s Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2012/10/follow-fridayfab-finds-for-october-12.html

Reluctant Genealogist
October 13, 2012 7:19 am

Thanks Denise! Check back I have a whole series of how-to videos coming to explain how to make your own family history video.

Andrea Kelleher
October 13, 2012 7:22 am

That was awesome! What a great tribute to your Mom.

Jacqi Stevens
October 13, 2012 9:46 am

What a great resource this blog is going to become! Your expertise and teaching abilities–not to mention your lively, entertaining approach–should create a real winner in the genealogy blogging world (not to mention the possibilities of hands-on workshops and training sessions).

I found your blog on Friday, courtesy of a mention on Jana’s blog, and took a look around then, but also saw you mentioned at GeneaBloggers today. Welcome and best wishes as you continue blogging and making waves in the genealogy world.

Reluctant Genealogist
October 13, 2012 10:15 am

Thanks Jacki – that’s glowing praise from a real genealogist!
(I just play one on TV)
I hope you are able to use some of the postings I have coming up in sharing your family history.

Reluctant Genealogist
October 13, 2012 10:19 am

Hi Andrea –
Thanks for the comment. I noticed your husbands comment on your blog. That’s what Videalogy (Genealogy+Video) is all about sharing family stories. I hope some of my up coming how to columns will be of interest to you.

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