Yesterday I was able take a tour of the new FamilyDiscovery Center, right next to the FamilySearch Center in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. I have to tell you if you get a chance make an appointment (I think they said it was going to be by appointment) and take your family and GO! We walked in and they handed us each ipads we docked into the 6 or 7 different interactive stations. It would be a dream location for my boys and they love everything "techy" (making up new words for this post).
My parents and my sister were able to come with me. The first thing you do is to sign into you FamilySearch account. This enables the programs to interact with the genealogy linked to you. You also start by taking a selfie that will be flashed on the different screens throughout the stations. At the end, when you log out you are asked for an email address to which you receive photos and infographics from the various stations.
One station I know all my children will love is called "Picture My Story".
It's a giant photo booth filled with different photos from with different period costumes and where you can see what you would like in that period or regional clothing.
As you can tell I was not very good at getting my face in the exact spot, I'm too impatient perhaps, but it made for fun laughter with the children when they saw my attempts.
The staff was very helpful and kind in answering all our questions about the different stations and the evolution of the center. It was such a wonderful tour, it's a wonderful place to discover your story. Family history comes alive at your fingertips.
The very best part of the event for me was sitting down in one of the two recording booths (Dad is pictured above in the individual booth) with my parents and my sister chatting about our family vacations.
I don't know if we did it right, but it was fun just to sit and talk and now have this recording. As I re-watched this clip there are so many things I want to write about. Experiences and memories, perhaps I already wrote about them. I will have to go back and look in my journals, but as you will see memories fade and details get lost. It's important to write them things down while they are fresh in your mind for they might get muddled.
I am planning on taking the family back for this one opportunity alone. I want to sit and record John telling our courtship story. He loves to tell it and I want to have it in this form, to hear his voice and see his mannerisms. I could probably record it with my cell phone or video camera. I'm terrible with those mediums, perhaps this is why this is clip is such a treasure to me.
For the record:
1. I am posting this under protest from my mother. Clearly I'm disobedient.
2. We tease my brother John about mixing up memories, but my sister and I are apparently quite fuzzy on the details as well.
3. I probably should have edited the video, but I don't know how so you get all 10 minutes of glory. Dad even does a count down at the end.
You can find more about my RootsTech series:
FamilyDiscovery Center and interview (you are here)