16 January 2010

Florida: A video life story, Jan. 26

Documentary producer Diane L. Hirsch will present "My video life story: A legacy of a life well-lived," at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando on Tuesday, January 26.

The meeting begins at 1pm, at the Congregation of Reform Judaism, 928 Malone Dr.

Hirsch will show how family historians and genealogists can interview and record by tape or video, and document historical accounts of vital records from a relative for future research of family from family trees.

As an Emmy-award winning documentary producer who has interviewed presidents, celebrities and athletes, I know every person has a unique story to tell ... I want to be the one to tell your story!
Her goal is to create an entertaining historical account that becomes a priceless family heirloom to be shared by families and friends and to be relived over again.

NOTE: Tracing the Tribe always recommends that family historians and genealogists record (both audio and video) their interviews with family members, and this program should help participants learn how to do this for their own families. With today's technology, it is easy to always carry a small digital voice recorder and a small digital video recorder - you never know when it might come in very handy at unexpected opportunities. Many people do this themselves successfully. For those who desire, companies like Hirsch's will do it for them at a price.

Hirsch's mother Lois died young at 57 from breast cancer in 1984. Although there were diaries, many photos and home movies, she had never interviewed her mother, to hear her tell about her life in her own words. She didn't want to lose this opportunity with her father, Raymond, and interviewed him for three hours. As Hirsch notes on her website, everyone in the family has copies of this interview and will know all about him.

See three moving clips of her father's video interview here.

Her company, My Video Life Story, specializes in producing custom, high-end personal and corporate video biographies, which can cover celebrating the passing into a new era of life, preserving once-in-a-lifetime memories and cherished moments, sharing your heritage with generations to come, and telling special video life stories featuring people, companies or pets that would otherwise be forgotten or lost. They can celebrate life cycle events (birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, retirement), a family gathering, family video history, memorials, cultural and religious celebrations and more.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information on the JGS of Greater Orlando, click here.

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