Friday, November 6, 2009

The Heat is On!

It's warming up rapidly here in typically chilly Melbourne. A long hot summer is ahead of us. I hope however, that it won't include the 47C temperatures that dropped in last summer, when so many people lost their homes and their lives in bush fires, about an hour North of where I live.

Yep, Summer is a great time to grab a few books of genealogical significance, and enjoy them under a tree in the park, or perhaps with the family by the water. Better yet, a family excursion to a place of historical significance! Yep, I'm a genealogy geek. And lovin' it!

Last weekend was a triumph for my research. I ventured north to the Blue Mountains, to visit my folks and my younger brother, along with his 18 month old twins. Not only did I enjoy a chance to catch up for the first time with said family, since late February, but I picked up all of my genealogy documents, that had been kept in storage there, since before moving to Victoria. Now I can get back into some hardcore research, at least if or when my study and work commitments slow down!

Whilst in the Mountains, I managed to get my Dad to sit down for a few hours in front of the camera, and we filmed him going over a great number of stories, relating to his own history and that of my grandparents and tribe. It was a highly enjoyable time, and I managed to pull from him a few stories that I had never heard before, which was a great surprise, given that Dad saves his best stories for me, so I usually hear the same ones quite often, whilst strangers hear those that are new to me.

I intend to continue filming my Dad, and other family members, and preserving the footage for the entire family, for generations to come. Currently I'm shooting with a Sony Minidisc Handycam, and am experimenting with a Flip Camera for portability.

I wonder, should I consider posting such footage online, or should it be a more privately held and controlled effort. What would you do?

2 comments:

Tapgenie said...

Have you had a look at the National Library of Australia website? I know they have an oral history collection, and no doubt would have a lot of related information and links that could be useful to you in working out how to preserve or share it.

John Patten said...

I had a look at the NLA website, and whilst I found some interesting stuff (currently an exhibition featuring my granddad), I do a lot of multimedia work already, so I'm more curious about pros and cons. Like youtube for instance, would probably be a bad move, as it fills up with idiotic comments and insults far too often.